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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 date Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
Weeds Van Nuys Jul 7, 2009 TV
  • Drama
US
Absolute Strangers Apr 15, 1991 TV
  • Drama
Positive health outcome US
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Non-US
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US
The Survivalist Feb 12, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
Upstairs, Downstairs A Perfect Specimen of Woman Oct 22, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
The Knick Where's the Dignity Aug 22, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal US
American Horror Story: Hotel Room 33 Nov 11, 2015 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Topsy-Turvy Dec 15, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Our Time Apr 10, 1974 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Jul 2, 1969 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US

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