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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: 2018
Format: 2018
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
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
Big Mouth Big Mouth The Planned Parenthood Show Oct 5, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Mayancs MC Mayans M.C. Uch/Opossum Oct 2, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Insecure Insecure Ghost-like Sep 30, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Burden of Truth Burden of Truth Ducks on the Pond Sep 12, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
UnReal UnReal Sudden Death Jul 17, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Claws Claws Cracker Casserole Jun 17, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Hereditary Hereditary Jun 8, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
US
Dear White People Dear White People Coco May 4, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Empire Empire Sweet Sorrow Apr 11, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
Black Mirror Arkangel Dec 29, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Legal US
The Girlfriend Experience Family Dec 3, 2017 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Alias Grace Part 2 Nov 3, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal Non-US
American Horror Story: Cult Winter of Our Discontent Oct 24, 2017 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
Star The Winner Takes it All , May the Best Manager Win Sep 28, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
Somewhere Between Fate Takes a Holiday Aug 8, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Grantchester Grantchester Episode 3.4 Jul 12, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Claws Claws Fallout Jul 2, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US

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