Search publications
Search publications
Research on Abortion
Research on Abortion
Research at ANSIRH
Research at ANSIRH
Research on Contraception
Research on Contraception
Research on Culture
Research on Culture
International Research
International Research
Research on Policy
Research on Policy
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH in the Media
ANSIRH in the Media
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources

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 Legality Settingsort descending
The Fluffer Nov 16, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
The X-Files Colony Feb 10, 1995 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
The Lives We Lead Oct 13, 2015 Film
  • Drama
Mercy Street The Belle Alliance Feb 7, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal
Prometheus Jun 8, 2012 Film
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
21 Grams Oct 19, 2003 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal
American Dreams Act of Contrition Mar 2, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
In the Heat of the Night Oct 25, 1967 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Illegal
The Life Zone Jun 10, 2011 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Legal
Law and Order Life Choice Jan 8, 1991 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
The Baby Doll Murders Apr 14, 1993 Film
  • Thriller
True Detective Other Lives Jul 19, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal
The Road to Ruin May 15, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal
The Last American Virgin Jul 30, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Jessica Jones AKA You're a Winner! Nov 20, 2015 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None
St. Elsewhere Getting Ahead Jan 29, 1987 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Wild at Heart Aug 17, 1990 Film
  • Crime
  • Romance
Topsy-Turvy Dec 15, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
The Anniversary Party Jun 29, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama

Pages

Sign up for the ANSIRH Listserv

Want to stay up to date on the latest research and news from ANSIRH? Join our listserv.

Contact us

Connect with us on social media

ANSIRH is a program within the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and is a part of UCSF's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

©2015 The Regents of the University of California