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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 Legality Settingsort descending
Degrassi High A New Start: Part 1, A New Start: Part 2 Nov 7, 1989 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 4 Apr 21, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal Non-US
Never Look Away Never Look Away Oct 3, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
My Little Assassin Oct 12, 1999 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Out of the Ashes Apr 14, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Orphan Black By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried Jun 21, 2014 TV
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Non-US
Doctor Foster Doctor Foster Episode 4 Sep 30, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Peaky Blinders 1.2 Sep 30, 2014 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
The Last King of Scotland The Last King of Scotland Sep 27, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Crimson Petal and the White The Crimson Petal and the White Episode 4 Apr 27, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Alias Grace Part 2 Nov 3, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Burden of Truth Burden of Truth Ducks on the Pond Sep 12, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Peaky Blinders Episode 3.5 Jun 2, 2016 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cocaine Blues Feb 24, 2012 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US

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