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Abortion portrayal

The Letdown (television)

The Letdown

During the finale of season 1, Aubrey finds out she's unexpectedly pregnant. Season 2 opens on her daughter Stevie's first birthday and during the party, Aubrey's friend Sophie shares that she's pregnant with her second child. Afterwards, a dazed Aubrey wonders aloud to her husband Jeremy if they "did the right thing," and he comforts her, saying yes.

Over the course of the season, we learn that Aubrey had an abortion because she wasn't ready to have a second baby, because she's still recovering from Stevie's traumatic birth, and because her physician told her her uterus might rupture. Aubrey tells her mom that she had an abortion, and her mom discloses a past abortion as well. In the last episode, Aubrey discloses her abortion to her mom group friends, and one of them also shares that she had an abortion when she was younger. In a flash forward, Aubrey is back in graduate school conducting a project on motherhood, isolation, shame, and support, while visbley pregnant.

Keywords: past abortion. 

Episodes: One, The Dilemma, Heavy Heart, Shameless
Release date: July 31, 2019
Time setting: Present (2019)
Geographical setting: Non-US (Australia)
Abortion legality: Legal
Health outcomes: None
Character age: 30-39
Genre: Comedy
Network: Netflix

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