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Abortion portrayal

Workin' Moms (television)

Workin' Moms

This Canadian sitcom focuses on three friends: Kate, a career-driven PR executive, Anne, a shrewd psychiatrist, and Frankie, a depressed real estate agent, as they navigate work and motherhood. In the first episode, Anne, who has a nine-year-old and an 8-month-old, discovers that she's pregnant again, and considers abortion until her husband reacts with excitement and sees the challenge of a third baby as a personal growth opportunity for him.

As the season continues, Anne is forced to go on bed rest due to pregnancy complications, and she convinces Kate to drive her to an abortion clinic "for a sight-seeing mission only." Once they arrive, with Kate's baby in tow, Anne asks for an abortion on the spot, and is frustrated that she can't have one right away. She has a consultation with a clinician and bemoans the sterility of the clinic, asking why it's not a more spa-like environment. Anne walks out in the middle of the appointment, confessing to Kate that she was surprised at how "normal" the abortion clinic environment was, but that it didn't feel right that she was there without her husband, Lionel. When she arrives home, Anne and Lionel argue about her violating bed rest and going to a clinic without him, which ends with him shoving their baby into her arms.

In the penultimate episode of the season, Anne and Lionel make a pro and con list about having a third baby. Their list has one pro and a dozen cons. They drive together and walk hand in hand into the clinic. In the season finale, Anne is walking around and clearly not on bed rest, although they do not say the word, "abortion." 

Keywords: pregnancy decision.

Episodes: Bare, Bye Bye Kate, Merde
Release date: February 22, 2019
Time setting: Present (2017)
Geographical setting: Non-US (Canada)
Abortion legality: Legal
Health outcomes: None
Character age: 30-39
Genre: Comedy
Network: Netflix

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