9 TV Shows With Abortion Storylines — ‘You’re the Worst’ Is the Latest

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9 TV Shows With Abortion Storylines — ‘You’re the Worst’ Is the Latest

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9 TV Shows With Abortion Storylines — ‘You’re the Worst’ Is the Latest

Jane the Virgin aired what one critic deemed “TV’s most nuanced discussion of abortion” in the October 24 episode, and the following week, You’re the Worst followed suit.

These shows rank as two of the relative few brave enough to delve into (and sometimes depict) abortion — a topic the New York Times calls the medium’s “most persistent taboo.”

Click through the slideshow to read about these storylines other TV shows that didn’t shy away from showing a woman’s right to choose.

9 TV Shows With Abortion Storylines — ‘You’re the Worst’ Is the Latest
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1. ‘You’re the Worst’

‘You’re the Worst’ Credit: FXX

In this FXX comedy, Lindsay and Gretchen gear up for a debate outside the abortion clinic — the former character having decided to terminate her pregnancy — but they’re taken aback.

“We’re treating it very matter-of-fact,” creator Stephen Falk tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“Lindsay encounters an abortion protester but just thinks she’s a nice lady who wants to give her advice, and Gretchen sees this and runs over and is like, ‘No, terrorist, you’re not going to stop us from using our women’s rights.’ And the woman just says, ‘You know, in certain cases I think this is acceptable, and this is one of them.’ And then she just has the abortion, and then that’s it.”

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1. ‘You’re the Worst’

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In this FXX comedy, Lindsay and Gretchen gear up for a debate outside the abortion clinic — the former character having decided to terminate her pregnancy — but they’re taken aback.

“We’re treating it very matter-of-fact,” creator Stephen Falk tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“Lindsay encounters an abortion protester but just thinks she’s a nice lady who wants to give her advice, and Gretchen sees this and runs over and is like, ‘No, terrorist, you’re not going to stop us from using our women’s rights.’ And the woman just says, ‘You know, in certain cases I think this is acceptable, and this is one of them.’ And then she just has the abortion, and then that’s it.”

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2. ‘Jane the Virgin’

‘Jane the Virgin’ Credit: The CW

Jane chose to carry her unexpected pregnancy to term in this CW show, but mother Xiomara opted not to — a decision which caused discord between Xio and Alba, her religious, traditional, loving mother.

“I also thought we were uniquely positioned within the family to weigh different people’s opinions on it and ultimately respect what Xiomara wanted to do,” showrunner Jennie Snyder-Urman told Vanity Fair.

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2. ‘Jane the Virgin’

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Jane chose to carry her unexpected pregnancy to term in this CW show, but mother Xiomara opted not to — a decision which caused discord between Xio and Alba, her religious, traditional, loving mother.

“I also thought we were uniquely positioned within the family to weigh different people’s opinions on it and ultimately respect what Xiomara wanted to do,” showrunner Jennie Snyder-Urman told Vanity Fair.

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3. ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Credit: ABC

In the eighth season premiere of this long-running ABC drama, Cristina has an abortion solely because she doesn’t want to be a mother.

“Who knows how many women Christina Yang just helped acknowledge and perhaps act on their right to choose?” wrote Rewire’s Martha Kempner.

3. ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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In the eighth season premiere of this long-running ABC drama, Cristina has an abortion solely because she doesn’t want to be a mother.

“Who knows how many women Christina Yang just helped acknowledge and perhaps act on their right to choose?” wrote Rewire’s Martha Kempner.

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4. ‘Private Practice’

‘Private Practice’ Credit: ABC

When new doctor Meg arrives at Oceanside Wellness in this Grey’s spin-off — and promptly starts performing abortions — she incites a discussion of pro-choice beliefs and histories among the practice’s other docs.

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4. ‘Private Practice’

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When new doctor Meg arrives at Oceanside Wellness in this Grey’s spin-off — and promptly starts performing abortions — she incites a discussion of pro-choice beliefs and histories among the practice’s other docs.

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5. ‘Scandal’

‘Scandal’ Credit: ABC

Shonda Rhimes’s next show was even more groundbreaking: Viewers saw Olivia Pope on the table during the abortion that, incidentally, she didn’t tell Fitz about.

Plus, actor Tony Goldwyn has been candid about how that pivotal scene changed his perspective on a woman’s right to choose and to choose independently.

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5. ‘Scandal’

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Shonda Rhimes’s next show was even more groundbreaking: Viewers saw Olivia Pope on the table during the abortion that, incidentally, she didn’t tell Fitz about.

Plus, actor Tony Goldwyn has been candid about how that pivotal scene changed his perspective on a woman’s right to choose and to choose independently.

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6. ‘Girls’

‘Girls’ Credit: HBO

This HBO dramedy also had a character — Mimi-Rose, in this case — not involve the father — Adam — in her decision to have an abortion. Adam was upset, but Mimi explained why it was her prerogative.

6. ‘Girls’

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This HBO dramedy also had a character — Mimi-Rose, in this case — not involve the father — Adam — in her decision to have an abortion. Adam was upset, but Mimi explained why it was her prerogative.

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7. ‘The Fosters’

‘The Fosters’ Credit: Freeform

This Freeform family drama made headlines because Lena not only underwent an abortion but a late-term abortion at that, after being diagnosed with preeclampsia — while also eschewing a tidy, happy ending for this pregnancy plot line.

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7. ‘The Fosters’

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This Freeform family drama made headlines because Lena not only underwent an abortion but a late-term abortion at that, after being diagnosed with preeclampsia — while also eschewing a tidy, happy ending for this pregnancy plot line.

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8. ‘Sex and the City’

‘Sex and the City’ Credit: HBO

The frivolous comedy of this HBO hit turned serious amid an unexpected pregnancy — and showed the viewpoints of a woman against abortion (Charlotte), a woman who’s been through it (Carrie), and a woman who decides at the last minute to keep the baby (Miranda).

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8. ‘Sex and the City’

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The frivolous comedy of this HBO hit turned serious amid an unexpected pregnancy — and showed the viewpoints of a woman against abortion (Charlotte), a woman who’s been through it (Carrie), and a woman who decides at the last minute to keep the baby (Miranda).

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9. ‘Maude’

‘Maude’ Credit: CBS

This CBS sitcom broke ground in 1972 by having the titular character terminate her pregnancy, the two-part episode airing just two years after New York legalized abortion.

Despite the boycott of advertisers and network affiliates alike, 65 million people tuned in to watch reruns of the story.

9. ‘Maude’

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This CBS sitcom broke ground in 1972 by having the titular character terminate her pregnancy, the two-part episode airing just two years after New York legalized abortion.

Despite the boycott of advertisers and network affiliates alike, 65 million people tuned in to watch reruns of the story.

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Jane the Virgin aired what one critic deemed “TV’s most nuanced discussion of abortion” in the October 24 episode, and the following week, You’re the Worst followed suit.

These shows rank as two of the relative few brave enough to delve into (and sometimes depict) abortion — a topic the New York Times calls the medium’s “most persistent taboo.”

Click through the slideshow to read about these storylines other TV shows that didn’t shy away from showing a woman’s right to choose.