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Don't Forget That Dirty Dancing Has a Powerful Pro-Choice Message

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Spring Awakening? Or a little movie called ?While the romance and the dancing are often what people remember about the 1987 hit, the plot actually hinges on a botched back-alley abortion.

Johnny's (Patrick Swayze) original dance partner is Penny; Baby () not only borrows money from her doctor father to pay for Penny's abortion, she also enlists his help when Penny nearly dies from the procedure.

takes place in 1963, a decade before and as Baby's father Dr. Houseman says, the person who operated on Penny was “a butcher.” It's a harrowing cautionary tale about what happens not only when abortion is illegal, but also when men fail to take responsibility for their part in pregnancy.

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