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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
All Good Things Dec 9, 2010 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Wilbur Falls Jul 24, 1998 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Baby Doll Murders Apr 14, 1993 Film
  • Thriller
Legal US
The Road to Ruin May 15, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
High Fidelity Mar 31, 2000 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Last American Virgin Jul 30, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Goldstein May 7, 1965 Film
  • Comedy
None Illegal US
The Life Zone Jun 10, 2011 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Legal 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
Natural Selection Mar 13, 2011 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Anniversary Party Jun 29, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal 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
Wild at Heart Aug 17, 1990 Film
  • Crime
  • Romance
None Legal US
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None US
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US
Girls Will Be Girls Jan 17, 2003 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
None Illegal US

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