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

Enlighten Thy Daughter (film)

Notes:

This silent film warns against the supposed dangers of premarital sex. Lillian Stevens is young woman has sex with Harold Winthrop after both are caught in an unexpected storm during a date, and she gets pregnant. Harold later starts dating Lillian's cousin, Ruth, and they get engaged. Lillian's pregnancy—and the identity of the father—is revealed when she dies from an illegal abortion, and Ruth breaks off the engagement.

Release date: January 28, 1917
Time setting: Present
Geographical setting: US
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Death
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Crime, Drama
Production company: Enlightenment Photoplay Corporation

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