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Abortion portrayal

Call the Midwife (television)

Call the Midwife

Magda, a Hungarian immigrant, discovers that she's two months pregnant, and a nurse at a contraceptive clinic refuses to help her. She pretends to be interested in midwifery school to borrow some medical books from a nurse, and reads up on a drugs she can use to self-induce an abortion. She steals the drugs from a doctor's bag, but they don't work. She steals a file of the drug and injects it into her thigh, which causes her to bleed and need to be transported to the hospital for a D&C. 

Keywords: Illegal abortion, self-induced abortion.

Episodes: Episode 7.3
Release date: April 1, 2018
Time setting: Past (1957-1969)
Geographical setting: Non-US (England)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Bleeding)
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Drama, Historical, Medical
Network: PBS

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