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Abortion portrayal

Chicago Med (television)

Chicago Med
Notes:

Jenny, a teen visiting Chicago from Indiana on a college visit with her parents, comes to the ER with severe abdominal pain. The doctors discover that she was pregnant and ordered mifepristone online to self-induce an abortion. However, she was unable to obtain misoprostol to expel the pregnancy, so the products of conception were retained, making her ill. The doctors provide her with misoprostol, arguing over whether they are required to inform her parents. Jenny then hemorrhages, and they discover there is still retained tissue and, given her fever, she likely has an infection. The doctors insist that Jenny tell her mother what is going on so that they can perform a D&C. Her mother says that Jenny has committed murder, but the doctors encourage her to support her daughter. Jenny is taken to an operating room for the D&C and treated with antibiotics. The doctors give vague explanations to her father, so that he will not know about the pregnancy. Jenny is shown recovering, with both parents at her bedside.

Keywords: Illegal abortion, self-induced abortion.

Episodes: Tell Me the Truth
Release date: April 3, 2019
Time setting: Present (2019)
Geographical setting: US (Illinois)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Infection; hemorrhage)
Character age: Teen
Genre: Drama, Medical
Network: NBC

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