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Abortion Onscreen database

Use the filters below to search our database of abortion portrayals in film and television. Once you've made your selections, click "apply" to apply your search criteria. To clear your selections and view all listings, simply hit "reset." This database is a project of ANSIRH’s Abortion Onscreen program, and aims to include all American film and television depictions in which a character obtained an abortion (or disclosed that they had had one in the past). Plotlines in which a character considers but does not have an abortion (i.e., because they decide to continue the pregnancy, or because they have a miscarriage before getting an abortion) are not included in these results; however, we have tracked them. If you are doing an analysis and want to include considerations, please contact us for a relevant list. We are constantly updating the database to include new plotlines and more detail on old plotlines. If you have anything to add, please contact us! We’re also interested in how people use the database, so if you use this tool in some way, please email us letting us know what you did with it.
For TV, search on the program name rather than the title of a specific episode
For examples: past abortion, provider violence, medication abortion
If available, specific locations (e.g., states, countries) are listed in the search results
Format: 2019
Format: 2019
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Letdown The Letdown One, The Dilemma, Heavy Heart, Shameless Jul 31, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
She's Gotta Have It She's Gotta Have It #WhenYourChickensComeHometoRoost May 24, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
Legal US
Ask for Jane Ask for Jane May 17, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7, Episode 8 May 12, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Bold Type The Bold Type The Deep End Apr 30, 2019 TV
  • Comedy-drama
Legal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 4 Apr 21, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal Non-US
Little Woods Little Woods Apr 19, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Veep Veep Iowa, Discovery Weekend, Pledge Apr 14, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Special Special Cerebral LOLzy Apr 12, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Chicago Med Chicago Med Tell Me the Truth Apr 3, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Unplanned Unplanned Mar 28, 2019 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Silent All These Years Mar 28, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Shrill Shrill Annie, Date Mar 15, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Good Fight The Good Fight The One About the Recent Troubles, The One Inspired by Roy Cohn Mar 14, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Made in Heaven Made in Heaven All That Glitters is Gold Mar 8, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Workin' Moms Workin' Moms Bare, Bye Bye Kate, Merde Feb 22, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Sex Education Sex Education Episode 2, Episode 3 Jan 11, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
The Deuce The Feminism Part Oct 21, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Gosnell Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Oct 12, 2018 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Legal US

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