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Abortion portrayal

Dirty Dancing (television)


This is a TV remake of the 1987 classic that is set at Kellerman's, a resort in the Catskills in the 1960s. Notably, the remake left in the main plot driver of the film: the dancer Penny is pregnant and needs someone to cover her shift so she can obtain an abortion. Resort guest Baby Houseman volunteers, borrowing money from her physician father for the abortion without telling him what it's for, and learning Penny's dance moves in time for a competition. Baby ultimately has to tell her father about the abortion, since Penny needs his help after suffering injuries from the illegal abortion. 


Release date: May 24, 2017
Time setting: Past
Geographical setting: US (New York)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Bleeding)
Character age: 30-39
Genre: Drama, Romance
Network: ABC

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