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Abortion portrayal

Ann Vickers (film)


Set during the first World War, Ann Vickers is a young woman who wants to make a difference in the world. She falls for a soldier about to head off to war, and he reluctantly marries her upon learning that she's pregnant. Ann travels to Havana, where she either has an abortion or a stillbirth (the film does not make it clear). Ann decides to return home, where she becomes a social worker in a women's prison. She fights for prison reform while butting heads with prison management, eventually falling in love and having a child with a (married) judge who helps her publish a book on prisons. The Judge is convicted of bribery and misconduct, and Ann loses her job over her decision to stand by him. 

Release date: October 6, 1933
Time setting: Past
Geographical setting: US
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production company: RKO Radio Pictures

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