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Abortion portrayal

Call the Midwife (television)

Call the Midwife

In the last two episodes of this season, it's revealed that the illegal abortion provider that has been harming women is Elise, nurse Trixie's grandmother. Elsie's patients were getting infections because she had boils all over her body.  Trixie is horrified to discover her grandmother is to blame for the suffering and deaths of women in Poplar, calling her grandmother a criminal even as Elsie fervently defends herself has serving desperate women in need. Valerie ultimately reports her grandmother to the police and assists in finding former patients to testify against her in court. Elsie pleads guilty and receives close to the maximum sentence for providing illegal abortions.

Keywords: abortion provider, illegal abortion.

Episodes: Episode 7, Episode 8
Release date: May 12, 2019
Time setting: Past (1964)
Geographical setting: Non-US (England)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Drama, Historical, Medical
Network: PBS

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