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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
Titlesort descending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Bachelorette Sep 6, 2012 Film
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Battlestar Galactica The Captain's Hand Feb 18, 2006 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Other
Before I Say Goodbye Mar 15, 2007 Film
  • Drama
Being Mary Jane If The Shoe Fits Nov 24, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Oct 4, 1990 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Non-US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Nancy's Choice Feb 1, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
Legal US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Housewarming, Fearless, The Things We Do for Love, Loser Take All Oct 30, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Non-US
Blessed Are the Children Nov 5, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Thriller
US
Blonde May 14, 2001 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
US
Blood Mania Oct 28, 1970 Film
  • Horror
Illegal US
Boardwalk Empire Margate Sands Feb 13, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Boss Ablution Aug 31, 2012 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
Illegal Non-US
Cagney & Lacey The Clinic Nov 2, 1985 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Legal US
Call the Midwife Episode 4.6 May 4, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 2.5 Apr 28, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Non-US

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