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.
    • Several characters become pregnant, and none even consider having an abortion.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice gives the baby up for adoption.
    • Alice is a minor character.
    • 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:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice ponders the possibility of having an abortion.
    • Alice doesn't keep the baby.
    • Alice has a Convenient Miscarriage anyway.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Lilith Badgirl terminates her pregnancy, and is treated as scum for doing so, but Alice terminates her pregnancy and the other characters either don't comment on it, or laud her for doing it.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Reconstructed: Alice makes the best decision for herself and her situation, and her friends and family are supportive of her (whether they support her decision or not.)
  • 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.
    • Because Alice lives in a Crapsack World, Alice's unwanted baby is expected to lead a terrible life.
  • 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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