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Abortion portrayal

My Body, My Child (television)


Leenie is a middle-aged schoolteacher with three grown daughters. Yet she unexpectedly finds herself pregnant and is delighted, but her doctor tells her she isn't pregnant. Her symptoms are misdiagnosed as psychogenic, and she's prescribed medications as treatment. It later turns out that she is in fact pregnant and that these medications have been causing irreversible damage to the fetus. Faced with the truth that her child will be born with defects, she faces a decision to keep the baby or go against her Catholic beliefs and have an abortion. It's implied that she has an abortion.

Keywords: Pregnancy decision.

Release date: April 13, 1982
Time setting: Present
Geographical setting: US
Abortion legality: Legal
Health outcomes: None
Character age: 40+
Genre: Drama
Network: ABC

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