Playing With / Good Girls Avoid Abortion

Basic Trope: Abortion doesn't happen in fiction; any character faced with an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy will always keep the baby, no matter what.
  • Straight:
    • Alice becomes pregnant, and Betty suggests that Alice have an abortion. Alice is shocked that Betty would suggest such a thing, and decides to keep the baby.
    • Same as above, except the option of an abortion is never mentioned.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's lifestyle or career makes it such that having a baby would be extraordinarily difficult, and despite knowing this full well, she decides to have the baby and raise it alone.
    • The child was conceived as a result of rape or incest, and Alice decides she still wants the baby.
    • Going through with the pregnancy would put Alice's life in danger, and Alice still goes through with the pregnancy.
    • The Obviously Evil Empire is the only place where abortion is even legal; everywhere else it is punishable by execution and the work treats this like a fair punishment. Every abortion doctor moonlights as a serial killer and abortion is the only act in the series that is treated as a Moral Event Horizon.
    • Several characters become pregnant, and none even consider having an abortion.
    • Betty is actually a time traveling agent of Emperor Evulz trying to prevent Alice from conceiving, because her grandson will lead La Résistance
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice gives the baby up for adoption.
    • Alice is 48 years old and in poor health. Her brother rapes her, and she knows that if she gives birth, the baby will be deformed. So Alice has an abortion, but repeatedly states that she wouldn't have done so under normal circumstances.
  • Justified:
    • Alice knows the unplanned pregnancy was the result of her and Bob not being careful enough, and she has a philosophy of owning up to her mistakes.
    • Alice was Raised Catholic, and abortion is against her religious or moral beliefs unless her life is in danger.
    • Alice wants to be pregnant so that Bob will feel sorry for her and marry her.
    • Alice believes that Babies Make Everything Better.
    • Alice is a politician who has expressed a very strongly pro-life stance; terminating the pregnancy would get her (rightly) branded a Hypocrite, and she'd lose constituents.
    • In this setting, abortion is not legal, and therefore the procedure involves going to a Back-Alley Doctor who may be more concerned about the bottom line than the patient's safety (or worse, doing it herself at home); Alice doesn't want to take the risk.
    • The story is set at a time when really any medical procedure was only dubiously safe at best.
    • Alice's parents tried to abort her, so she does not want to follow their footsteps.
    • Due to the population having been heavily depleted by the Forever War, both sides employ the Propaganda Machine to make sure everybody is having as many children as possible to replace the ones who grow up to die in battle. As such, abortion is treated as unpatriotic.
    • Alice wants to have a baby while she still can, even if being a mother wouldn't exactly be convenient for her.
    • Alice's baby experienced a rapid growth in intelligence, becoming self aware before birth.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice ponders the possibility of having an abortion.
    • Alice doesn't keep the baby.
    • Alice has a Convenient Miscarriage anyway.
    • Alice kept the baby, but only because the father paid her to. Morality never came into the matter; it just became more convenient to keep the baby than not to.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Lilith Badgirl terminates her pregnancy, and is treated as scum for doing so, but Alice smokes, drinks and do excessive drugs during pregnancy and the other characters either don't comment on it, or laud her for hanging in there.
  • Zig Zagged: After a long mental debate, Alice finally decides to get an abortion, but as she enters the clinic, she guilts herself out of it. She loses consciousness during labor, and it turns out to be a miscarriage. Then it turns out one of the nurses, who is infertile, switched around her paperwork and kidnapped the baby. Alice confronts her and the nurse says she knows that Alice didn't actually want the baby, offering to at least let her visit now and then, but then...
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "How could you even suggest such a thing, Betty?! I'm not getting an abortion and I'm angry you'd even ask!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice, a devout Catholic, is seduced by her boyfriend Bob. She gets pregnant outside of wedlock, resulting in a hasty wedding, and carries the baby to term. She may put it up for adoption.
    • Alice is extremely poor, and knows that having her baby will get her an increase in welfare.
    • "Bob, I don't want the baby. I'm going to get an Abor-" "If you keep the baby I'll pay you a million dollars. If you don't want the baby then you don't have to visit or pay child support." "You don't have that money." "Yes I do. I sold a kidney, part of my liver, and half my stuff."
  • Exploited: Alice publishes a book on why she chose to keep her baby, and she becomes a leader of the anti-abortion movement.
  • Defied: Alice decides that having the baby will cause problems for her (and that she is not cut out to be a mother and/or can't support a child), and heads to the nearest abortion clinic.
  • Discussed:
    • "I heard Alice decided not to have the baby."
    • "Bob, I don't care if you want to be a father. I'm having an abortion, and there is nothing wrong with that. You should go find a woman who doesn't believe in abortion."
    • "Bob, I don't care if you aren't ready to be a father, I'm not having an abortion."
  • Conversed: "The characters on this show sure can be cruel. What Alice needs is the support of those around her, not judgment."
  • Implied: Alice constantly mentions that she is "looking forward to being a mother", but the baby never comes. Because she wanted to keep the baby, she clearly had a Convenient Miscarriage rather than an abortion.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice is being influenced by others' opinions at a time when what she really needs is support, not judgment.
    • Though everyone wants Alice to keep the baby, nobody is willing to help support it. In fact, Alice's relatives even voted against a bill that would provide charitable funds for impoverished parents.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice makes the best decision for herself and her situation, and her friends and family are supportive of her regardless.
    • Some people actually do provide support to help struggling parents raise their children.
  • Played For Laughs: Betty suggests that Alice have an abortion. Alice takes her to the bathroom and washes her mouth out with soap for daring to say the "A" word.
  • Played For Drama:
    • The story is all about Alice not wanting an abortion, and whether or not she can withstand the pressure from her boyfriend and her family for her to get an abortion. The story culminates in Alice killing her boyfriend in self defense after he tries to hit her stomach with a baseball bat so as to force her to have an abortion.
    • Because Alice lives in a Crapsack World, Alice's unwanted baby is expected to lead a terrible life.
    • The story starts with Alice getting an abortion, and follows how she spends the rest of her life in a Drowning Her Sorrows and alternating between depression and Heroic B.S.O.D.. Finally Alice ends up dying alone, unloved, her last thoughts that her life was pointless, and her wake entirely unattended. It ends with Betty (who was under similar circumstances to Alice but kept the baby) being buried next to Alice, only with her funeral being attended by her loving son and his equally loving grandchildren who showered Betty with affection and love right up until the end (hinting to the life Alice could have had, had she kept her baby).
  • Untwisted: Alice has an abortion, and other characters don't comment on it, but only because they didn't know about it in the first place.

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