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Abortion portrayal

Call the Midwife (television)


Nora Harding, mother of eight, is pregnant and seeking an abortion. She tries to take herbs to induce an abortion, but the attempt is unsuccessful. Her husband pours scalding water onto her belly to try to induce an abortion, but that doesn't work either. Nora eventually sells her wedding ring to pay for a "knitting needle abortion," which almost kills her and leaves her infertile.

KEYWORDS: Pregnancy decision, self-induced abortion.

Episodes: Episode 2.5
Release date: April 28, 2013
Time setting: Past (1958)
Geographical setting: Non-US (England)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Infertility)
Character age: 40+
Genre: Drama, Historical, Medical
Network: PBS

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