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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Honeymoon Sep 12, 2014 Film
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
What Goes Up May 29, 2009 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Entropy Nov 27, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Legal US
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Palindromes Sep 3, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Film
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Death Legal US
Eye of God Oct 17, 1997 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
None US
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death Legal US
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death US

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