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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 ascending
Claws Claws Cracker Casserole Jun 17, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Marcus Welby, MD Echo of a Baby's Laugh Oct 28, 1969 TV
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Knight of Cups Mar 4, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Law and Order Dignity Oct 23, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
The West Wing The Supremes Mar 24, 2004 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Insecure Insecure Ghost-like Sep 30, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Defiance If I Ever Leave This World Alive Jun 13, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal US
Copper In the Hands of an Angry God, A Day to Give Thanks Sep 2, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Knick Mr. Paris Shoes Aug 15, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
South Park Woodland Critter Christmas Dec 15, 2004 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Quantico Run Sep 27, 2015 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
Archer Archer Archer Dreamland: Berenice Apr 12, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Haunting of Hell House Nov 16, 1999 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Feb 4, 1976 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Game The Game The Right to Choose Episode, Skeletons, The Truth Pact Jan 10, 2012 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Detective Story Oct 24, 1951 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
House, MD Kids May 4, 2005 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal US

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