Degrassi Next Class Abortion

Degrassi: Next Class Telling 'Very Important' Abortion Story in Season 3

Degrassi: Next Class is revisiting familiar territory — albeit with an updated perspective — when the Netflix drama returns for its third season on Friday.

As revealed in a new interview with the Canadian Press, pink blue-haired cheerleader Lola (played by Amanda Arcuri) will have an abortion in an episode titled “#IRegretNothing,” making her the fourth character in a Degrassi series to terminate a pregnancy.

“It’s not like we are advocating, ‘Get pregnant, get an abortion,'” executive producer Linda Schuyler explains. “But we really felt that it was very important, particularly in this day and age when the abortion debate is coming back on the main stage, that we wanted to demystify it. … We’ve also done an equal number of stories of kids who get pregnant and make different choices.”

Per the interview, two key factors will make Lola’s experience different from previous instances of abortion in the Degrassi franchise: Not only will viewers be taken into the room with Lola when she has the procedure, but they’ll also see her make peace with the decision, rather than being haunted by it.

“Some girls will … cry for days after, and some will feel strong and feel liberated and feel like it wasn’t a big deal,” Arcuri adds. “I think it’s a good way to tell a story — that people react differently. Lola’s reaction is justified. It’s normal. It’s OK.”

Watch the chilling teaser for Season 3 below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on Lola’s big storyline.

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21 Comments
  1. Sheila says:

    Does anyone in that school believe in birth control?

    • Jamie says:

      Yeah, but remember that Degrassi series have been running since the ’70s. Four characters deciding to have an abortion over a 40 year span is not that many…

    • Grey'sFan says:

      And before anyone asks: the other characters were Erica, Tessa and Manny.

      • Rachel says:

        Thanks for the info, I was torturing myself….remembered Erica and Many only

        • Grey'sFan says:

          No problem. The writer of the article should’ve mentioned them to avoid his/her readers’ confusion. I had to think hard to remember Tessa since it was in the School’s Out! movie and not in the continuing series.

    • Charl says:

      Funnily enough, Lola gets pregnant because she was taking her birth control wrong lol – she took it the wrong way around.

    • Dianne says:

      She’s on birth control but if you were watching she realized she was taking it wrong.

  2. Marylie says:

    I was worried because i was thinking it was cancelled that good because i like the show and they live it cliffhanger.

  3. Aubrey says:

    I can’t wait until the show returns!

  4. pablo says:

    Lola is catholic, isnt it? What will her family think about it? I cant believe that they will be okey with that…so easily
    Anyway i guess that Tristan is who bite the dust….

  5. John k says:

    How dead inside to you have to be as a human being to make a show like this specifically aiming to “normalize” killing babies for young teens? This is really sick. I guess the only semi-consolation is that not more than a handful of people actually watch this.

    • Ally Oop says:

      I watch the show. I hate abortion stories as I’m against abortion, but I like Degrassi and will continue watching. With so many diverse characters on the show, it’s realistic that every decade at least one character has an abortion.

    • Hannah says:

      Not everyone feels the same about abortion. This show has had characters get pregnant and decide to raise the baby. They’ve had other pregnant characters give their babies up for adoption. But it would be ridiculous to not show the third option at all, which people (including young teens) do choose. This fictional young teen is pregnant and isn’t old enough or equipped enough to deal with continuing her pregnancy. And not every single person that has an abortion is damaged forever. So the writers are having her terminate the pregnancy and learn to live with her decision. You don’t have to be dead inside to portray something that happens in the real world every day.

  6. Jymir Stewart says:

    I just want to say that I love degrassi and it just keep getting better and better💕💕😘😘😘

  7. Dean Clark says:

    Canadians are divided when it comes to abortion. There is nothing empowering about killing babies and women to by botched abortions!!!

    • Hannah says:

      Where does anything say an abortion is empowering? The ability to make your own decisions about your body is empowering by definition, but no one is saying the act of having the actual abortion is. But the woman also has the right to not let that choice ruin her life, which is what the writers are saying above. She can learn to make peace with her decision and move on with her life.
      And your bringing up botched abortions is exactly why it needs to remain legal and performed by doctors who know what they are doing. Defunding and/or outlawing will just lead to more and more botched abortions.

      • Dean Clark says:

        Abortion is murder. Abortion should be illegal and defunded. Abortion is never safe, that is why there are botched abortions. And making abortion illegal will save babies lives and mothers lives as well.

        • Hannah says:

          Saying that making abortion illegal will save mothers’ lives is factually incorrect. It saves the lives of women who terminate pregnancies due to pregnancy risks like preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, hemorrhaging, etc. And around 70,0000 women around the world die every year as a result of unsafe and illegal abortions in developing countries. Another 5 million women in developing countries will suffer long-term health complications because of unsafe and illegal abortions. Their lives most certainly would be saved by legalization and regulation of doctors who perform the procedure.

          As for the rest, that’s your opinion. Thankfully a majority of people in the developed world don’t agree, which is why it’s legal.

          • Dean Clark says:

            You are right abortion is dangerous and unsafe for babies and also for mothers. But all that has happened is they moved it from the back door to inside the abortion clinic where they still are killing babies and sometimes there mothers to by botched abortions. Nothing has changed. If the world would make abortion illegal it would save a lot of babies and mothers lives to.

  8. Emily walker says:

    I think it is gonna be a good season I just can’t watch it yet

  9. Lisa says:

    What a bunch of politically correct nonsense. Abortion violates a woman’s natural instinct to protect her child. Degrassi will be perpetrating violence against a healthy and normal instinct and advocating for murderous narcissism among young females. And also presenting an attitude that children (yes, a 16 yr. old is still a child) know better than their parents what’s best for them and helping to increase the gulf and antagonism between children and their best helpers and advocates, their parents. What garbage.