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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
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
The Magicians Cheat Day Feb 22, 2017 TV
  • Fantasy
Degrassi: Next Class #IRegretNothing Jan 18, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
Legal Non-US
Nocturnal Animals Dec 9, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
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
US
You're the Worst Talking to Me, Talking to Me Nov 2, 2016 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Good Girls Revolt Dateline Oct 28, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Jane the Virgin Chapter 46 Oct 24, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
Voiceless Oct 7, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Legal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Americans Persona Non Grata Jun 8, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None
Peaky Blinders Episode 3.5 Jun 2, 2016 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal
Knight of Cups Mar 4, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Shameless #AbortionRules, NSFW Feb 14, 2016 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Survivalist Feb 12, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
Illegal
Mercy Street The Belle Alliance Feb 7, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US

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