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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: 2017
Format: 2017
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Girlfriend Experience Family Dec 3, 2017 TV
  • Drama
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
Somewhere Betwee Fate Takes a Holiday Aug 8, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Glow Maybe It's All the Disco Jun 23, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Dirty Dancing May 24, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Veep Justice May 7, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Brockmire Road Trip May 3, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Handmaid's Tale Offred Apr 26, 2017 TV
  • Drama
US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
The Fosters Sex Ed Feb 28, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
The Magicians Cheat Day Feb 22, 2017 TV
  • Fantasy
None Legal US
Degrassi: Next Class #IRegretNothing Jan 18, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
Nocturnal Animals Dec 9, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone? Nov 11, 2016 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Blessed Are the Children Nov 5, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
You're the Worst Talking to Me, Talking to Me Nov 2, 2016 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US

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