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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 datesort descending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Sweet Bird of Youth Mar 21, 1962 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
The Defenders The Benefactor Apr 29, 1962 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
White Slaves of Chinatown May 29, 1964 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Illegal
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
Illegal Non-US
Another World Episode 1.130 Nov 9, 1964 TV
  • Soap Opera
Illegal US
Goldstein May 7, 1965 Film
  • Comedy
Illegal US
Peyton Place Episode 1.8 Jun 26, 1965 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
Illegal
Darling Aug 3, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Illegal Non-US
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
Alfie Aug 24, 1966 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Non-US
In the Heat of the Night Oct 25, 1967 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Illegal
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Jul 2, 1969 Film
  • Thriller
Illegal US
Marcus Welby, MD Echo of a Baby's Laugh Oct 28, 1969 TV
  • Medical
Illegal US
End of the Road Feb 10, 1970 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Death Illegal
Blood Mania Oct 28, 1970 Film
  • Horror
Illegal US
Love Minus One Jan 1, 1971 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Illegal
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
Illegal Non-US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Illegal US

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