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Abortion portrayal

Call the Midwife (television)


The midwives treat Paulette, a young, unmarried woman with Type I diabetes who becomes pregnant. Because of the diabetes, the pregnancy represents a risk to her life, and she is advised to obtain a medically necessary abortion at the hospital. Paulette refuses and runs away with her boyfriend. Seeing her become increasingly sick, her boyfriend brings Paulette back to the hospital, where she agrees to get an abortion to preserve her health.

KEYWORDS: Pregnancy decision; health reasons

Episodes: Episode 4.6
Release date: May 4, 2015
Time setting: Past (1960)
Geographical setting: Non-US (England)
Abortion legality: Legal
Health outcomes: Positive health outcome (Saves life)
Character age: Teen
Genre: Drama, Historical, Medical
Network: PBS

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