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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
Title Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort ascending Setting
My Body, My Child Apr 13, 1982 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Good Wife Je Ne Sais What? Jan 14, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Nine Lives Sep 2, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Boston Legal Boston Legal Roe Nov 10, 2008 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Felicia's Journey Nov 24, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Shameless Shameless O Captain, My Captain Jan 5, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Law and Order Dignity Oct 23, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
The Letdown The Letdown One, The Dilemma, Heavy Heart, Shameless Jul 31, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Insecure Insecure Ghost-like Sep 30, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Honeymoon Sep 12, 2014 Film
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Defiance If I Ever Leave This World Alive Jun 13, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal US
The L Word Left Hand of the Goddess , Legend in the Making, Livin La Vida Loca Jan 7, 2007 TV
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Soul Food Soul Food Life 101 Apr 16, 2003 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Sex Education Sex Education Episode 2, Episode 3 Jan 11, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Last Tango in Halifax Episode 2.3 Dec 3, 2013 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Little Woods Little Woods Apr 19, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Somewhere Between Fate Takes a Holiday Aug 8, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Scandal Baby It's Cold Outside Nov 19, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Blackout Jun 11, 1997 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US

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