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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: 2020
Format: 2020
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Politician The Politician Election Day Jun 19, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Surrogate The Surrogate Jun 12, 2020 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Vida Vida Episode 21 May 24, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Run Run Tell May 17, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Mrs. America Mrs. America Gloria Apr 15, 2020 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Little Fires Everywhere Little Fires Everywhere Duo, Find a Way Apr 1, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Roswell Roswell, New Mexico Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Good Mother Mar 23, 2020 TV
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm The Spite Store Mar 22, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Never Rarely Sometimes Always Mar 13, 2020 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Swallow Swallow Mar 6, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
None Legal US
Saint Francis Saint Frances Feb 28, 2020 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Premature Premature Feb 21, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait of a Lady on Fire Feb 14, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Shameless Shameless O Captain, My Captain Jan 5, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Messiah Messiah Force Majeure Jan 1, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Soundtrack Soundtrack Sam and Frank Dec 18, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
The Morning Show The Morning Show That Woman Nov 8, 2019 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Papa Don't Preach Nov 7, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Bull Bull Doctor Killer Nov 4, 2019 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
New Amsterdam New Amsterdam Righteous Right Hand Oct 29, 2019 TV
  • Medical
None Legal US

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