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Abortion portrayal

The X-Files (television)


Mulder suspects demon fetal harvesting when a woman (Laura) claims her unborn child had a horn and tail and was taken by a devil while she slept. While others conclude that the woman self-induced an abortion, Mulder suspects that her husband is involved and that he may be the devil in disguise. They discover that Laura is also a demon who has been self-inducing abortions of non-demon fetuses.

Keywords: Self-induced abortion.

Episodes: Terms of Endearment
Release date: January 3, 1999
Time setting: Fantasy present
Geographical setting: US (Virginia)
Abortion legality: Illegal
Health outcomes: None
Character age: 40+
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Network: Fox

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