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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
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US
St. Elsewhere Getting Ahead Jan 29, 1987 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None US
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Marcus Welby, MD Echo of a Baby's Laugh Oct 28, 1969 TV
  • Medical
None Illegal US
The X-Files Terms of Endearment Jan 3, 1999 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal US
Good Girls Revolt Dateline Oct 28, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Copper In the Hands of an Angry God, A Day to Give Thanks Sep 2, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Knick Mr. Paris Shoes Aug 15, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Quantico Run Sep 27, 2015 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Haunting of Hell House Nov 16, 1999 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Feb 4, 1976 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Detective Story Oct 24, 1951 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Murdoch Mysteries Shades of Gray Mar 10, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal Non-US

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