Mary expressed to Jim her fears about Pat's disintegrating relationship with Tom. After shooting Tom, a dazed and distant Pat returned home and went quietly to her room. Mary worried about Pat's health following her recent illness, which unknown to Mary was a secret abortion. Pat's abortion led to infertility, and she's so shocked from the news that she shoots and kills the man who got her pregnant. In later episodes, Pat is brought to trial, acquitted, and marries her lawyer.
Another World was one of the first soap operas to discuss abortion.