The subplot of the film Dirty Dancing centers around Penny's illegal abortion, which almost kills her if not for Baby's doctor dad saving her life. While there are plenty of issues between the family members, friends, and romantic partners in the movie, the conflicts don't center on whether or not it's "right" to end a pregnancy. Instead we see Penny's friend support her in her decision, and Jake is angry at Baby for lying to him and paying for an illegal abortion; he's not upset about abortions in general. This commendable example of a movie tackling an abortion is thanks to writer Eleanor Bergstein, who lost Clearasil as a corporate sponsor when she refused to take out the controversial subplot.
Dirty Dancing, 1987
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