Uh…this character was pregnant before but didn’t have a baby. Did she have a miscarriage before, or another abortion?
Anyway, there are abortions on TV…but only magical ones. Cordelia on Angel and Phoebe on Charmed both had magical abortions that kept them from having demon-spawn. I think there was real potential there with evil offspring, but what can you do?
Oh, and I’m pretty sure that late in the series Abby on ER confessed to having an abortion, but it was supposed to have been when she wasn’t yet working at county.
I remember listening to a DVD episode commentary for a teenage pregnancy episode on ‘Party of Five’, and one of the writers mentioning that the writing staff wanted to have Julia actually get the abortion, but that FOX network execs refused and so they landed back on the miscarriage ending.
Friday Night Lights, near the end of Season 3. Girl gets objective/supportive advice from coach’s wife/hot hight school principal & does have abortion. Word gets out & principal has to fight for her job.
There was a show in the late 1970s with Jack Klugman I believe as a urban working-class guy whose daughter went to get an abortion, backed out & then with his support, went back & got it. Controversy at the time was an edited bit of dialog. To him “But you’re Catholic, what would the Pope say?”, Him- “The Pope doesn’t have a teenage daughter.” was changed to “Serbian Orthodox” & “the Bishop”.
On Third Watch, one of the characters get pregnant. They have financial problems, and she is thinking about an abortion. I can’t remember if she discusses it with her husband. She either doesn’t or he says “oh we’ll make it work somehow.” She is assaulted at work and tells everyone she had a miscarriage. Actually, she had an abortion because she didn’t feel they could support another child.
This is a gut-wrenching episode. Still remember Faith in the stirrups (and the look on her face in close up) from the original broadcast.
As it happens, I have been watching Third Watch again with my wife (who hasn’t seen it) and this is the next one up. I’m a little hesitant to fire it up, because she already complains that Third Watch is too stressful when it shows kids in jeopardy, generally, and she finds this hard to watch when she’s pregnant. “Hey, honey, you’re gonna love this one!”