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Abortion portrayal

Peaky Blinders (television)


One morning, Ada is in the kitchen when her aunt notices something is off about her breast size. Polly examines Ada and asks her how late she is. Ada estimates up to 7 weeks late. Ada tells Polly she took some tablets, but they didn't work. In the next scene, Ada is at the abortion provider's office to confirm that she's pregnant. As they leave, they speak in hushed tones and say they must not be too close to the door of the provider's home or else everyone will know why they're there. Ada tells Polly that she's "not getting rid of it" and Polly asks about the father. Ada explains her boyfriend, Freddie Thorne, has left the area because he was afraid of the cops getting him in a raid earlier in the episode, and she's afraid that her brothers will kill him if they find out they were together.

Aunt Polly later tells Ada about her own abortion at age 16, which she induced on her own and almost died. Polly discusses the stigma she'll receive as an unmarried mother. Polly tells Ada she'll take her to have an abortion in Cardiff, and visit a castle for a treat afterwards. On the way to the train station, Freddie unexpectedly shows up and asks Ada to marry him, and she continues the pregnancy.

KEYWORDS: Past abortion, self-induced abortion, abortion provider, pregnancy decision.

Episodes: 1.2
Release date: September 30, 2014
Time setting: Past
Geographical setting: Non-US (England)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: Adverse physical outcome (Incomplete abortion)
Character age: 20-29
Genre: Crime, Drama, Historical
Network: Netflix

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