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Degrassi: Next Class’ press campaign is officially under way, and they’re charging head first into controversy by revealing big details on Season 3’s abortion storyline. A few months ago Linda revealed that Degrassi would be doing an abortion storyline for the first time in 13 years this season. Details from episode descriptions heavily hinted at which character it would happen to, but it’s been confirmed that Lola will be the one who gets pregnant and has an abortion.
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The major highlights are that not only will Lola have an abortion in episode 308 (#IRegretNothing), she won’t have any regrets about it either. Also, for the first time ever, we’ll be following a character into the procedure room as Lola prepares to have the abortion.
This is the first time Degrassi will have no restrictions on how they’re able to tell an abortion storyline.
In Degrassi High, the episode ended on a freeze frame with Erica Farrell and her sister outside of an abortion clinic.There were two separate endings cut for this: the “safe” version for the American broadcaster that ended with the girls standing a distance away from the clinic, and the real ending where they’re shown being yelled at by a group of protesters. And as the girls are about to head inside, a woman holds up a plastic fetus.
In “School’s Out!” Tessa Campinelli was only shown at the clinic making an appointment.
In The Next Generation, the freeze frame hit just as Manny Santos was about to walk into the procedure room. The American broadcaster refused to air the episode, and it didn’t air in the U.S. until nearly 2 1/2 years after the original Canadian broadcast. The show also wasn’t allowed to do any followup storylines that would refer to Manny’s abortion.