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Abortion portrayal

Heat and Dust (film)

Notes:

The plot follows two intertwined stories: The first is set in the 1920s and deals with an illicit affair between Olivia, the young wife of a British colonial official, and an Indian Nawab. The second, set in 1982, deals with Anne, Olivia's great-niece, who travels to India hoping to find out about her great-aunt's life, and while there also has an affair with an Indian man. Things get complicated for Olivia when she gets pregnant and isn't sure who the father is. Olivia has an abortion in secret, pretending to have a miscarriage. However, Olivia continues bleeding and is admitted to the hospital. Olivia runs away from the hospital early in the morning, eloping with the Nawab to Kashmir. Like Olivia, Anne gets pregnant and she also decides to get an abortion, but backs down at the last minute.

[Summary via Wikipedia]

Release date: September 15, 1983
Time setting: Past
Geographical setting: Non-US (India)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Bleeding)
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production company: Merchant Ivory Productions

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