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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: 2020
Format: 2020
Titlesort descending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Another Period Another Period Lillian's Birthday Jul 28, 2015 TV
  • Comedy
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Another World Episode 1.130 Nov 9, 1964 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US
Archer Archer Skorpio Feb 11, 2010 TV
  • Action
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Archer Archer Archer Dreamland: Berenice Apr 12, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Ask for Jane Ask for Jane May 17, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Babysitter's Black Book Feb 21, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
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 May 13, 2007 Film
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Being Mary Jane Being Mary Jane People in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Fish Feb 3, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Being Mary Jane If The Shoe Fits Nov 24, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Bellevue Bellevue The Problem with the Truth Feb 28, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Oct 4, 1990 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
None Non-US
Better Things Better Things Future Fever Oct 6, 2016 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Nancy's Choice Feb 1, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Housewarming, Fearless, The Things We Do for Love, Loser Take All Oct 30, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None US

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