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Abortion portrayal

The Scoffer (film)


After restoring her to health, Dr. Stannard Wayne marries Alice Porn, the former mistress of his friend, the unscrupulous Dr. Arthur Richards. Dr. Richards performs an illegal abortion, making it seem that Dr. Wayne is guilty, and the latter is sent to prison for five years. Wayne emerges a changed man, a scoffer. By coincidence, he retreats to a village in the Northwest where Richards has gone with Alice. A kindly woman of the town, Margaret Haddon, urges Wayne to help a boy crippled by a beating given to him by his father, but Wayne refuses. Influenced by Margaret, Wayne at last performs the operation, but during the surgery an angry mob led by Richards descends upon the house. Wayne calls upon heaven for help and, by a miracle, the boy's life is saved and Wayne's faith is restored. [Summary via TCM]

Keywords: Provider character.

Release date: September 1, 1920
Time setting: Present (1920)
Geographical setting: US
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: None
Character age: 30-39
Genre: Drama
Production company: Mayflower Photoplay Company

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