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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 date Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
American Horror Story: Murder House Murder House, Halloween Part 1 Oct 19, 2011 TV
  • Horror
None US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
South Park Cartman Joins NAMBLA Jun 21, 2000 TV
  • Comedy
US
House, MD Fetal Position Apr 4, 2007 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None US
Men in White Apr 6, 1934 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
White Slaves of Chinatown May 29, 1964 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Hannibal Ko No Mono May 9, 2014 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Godfather Part II Dec 20, 1974 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Knick The Golden Lotus, Crutchfield Oct 17, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US
The Cider House Rules Dec 10, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Defying Gravity Pilot, Law of Natural Selection, Threshold, H2IK (Hell If I Know), Rubicon, Bacon, Fear, Kiss Aug 2, 2009 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Other
Cold Case Volunteers Mar 8, 2004 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
Love Minus One Jan 1, 1971 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Prometheus Jun 8, 2012 Film
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
None Illegal Other
Dirty Dancing May 24, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US
Cold Case Wings Dec 22, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
American Dreams Act of Contrition Mar 2, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US

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