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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
Margaret Sep 30, 2011 Film
  • Drama
US
Blessed Are the Children Nov 5, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Thriller
US
The Fluffer Nov 16, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
The Lives We Lead Oct 13, 2015 Film
  • Drama
All Good Things Dec 9, 2010 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
US
Wilbur Falls Jul 24, 1998 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
US
Coach Carter Jan 14, 2005 Film
  • Drama
US
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
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
The Baby Doll Murders Apr 14, 1993 Film
  • Thriller
The Road to Ruin May 15, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal
High Fidelity Mar 31, 2000 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
US
The Last American Virgin Jul 30, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Goldstein May 7, 1965 Film
  • Comedy
Illegal US
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
Illegal Non-US
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Wild at Heart Aug 17, 1990 Film
  • Crime
  • Romance

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