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Abortion portrayal

Another Period (television)

Another Period

After thinking that she's barren, Hortense finds out she’s pregnant. She asks her maid if there's anything she can do, and the maid replies, "there is an old folk remedy called, 'you can throw yourself down the stairs,' but it gets a bit messy." The maid refers her to an illegal provider, and when he shows her a medieval-looking device he will use for the abortion, she decides she can't do it. She tries to throw herself down the stairs, but that doesn't work. While in the kitchen, she sees a vacuum and we see her putting it under her skirt. 

Keywords: Pregnancy decision, self-induced abortion, provider character.

Episodes: Lillian's Birthday
Release date: July 28, 2015
Time setting: Past (1900-1902)
Geographical setting: US (Rhode Island)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: None
Character age: 30-39
Genre: Comedy, Historical
Network: Comedy Central

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