Abortion Onscreen
Search publications
Research on Abortion
Research at ANSIRH
Research on Contraception
Research on Culture
International Research
Research on Policy
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH in the Media
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources

Abortion portrayal

Dirty Dancing (film)

Notes:

While on vacation with her family, Baby Houseman learns that Penny, a dancer at the resort, needs an abortion. She borrow money from her father to help pay for it, and then commits herself to learning how to dance -- with lesson from ballroom dancer Johnny Castle -- so that she can cover for Penny while she takes the day off work. When Penny is injured by the illegal provider, Baby seeks help from her physician father, who provides compassionate care to Penny despite his disdain for Johnny and disappointment in Baby. Later, Penny is shown to be healthy, back and work, and mentions that Dr. Houseman has told her she can have children in the future.

KEYWORDS: Illegal abortion

Release date: August 21, 1987
Time setting: Past (1963)
Geographical setting: US (New York)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Complications (major/unknown))
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance
Production company: Great American Films Limited Partnership

Sign up for the ANSIRH Listserv

Want to stay up to date on the latest research and news from ANSIRH? Join our listserv.

Contact us

Connect with us on social media

ANSIRH is a program within the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and is a part of UCSF's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

©2015 The Regents of the University of California