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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 Typesort ascending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Degrassi: Next Class #IRegretNothing Jan 18, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
Degrassi: The Next Generation Accidents Will Happen: Part 1, Accidents Will Happen: Part 2 Jan 26, 2004 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Silent All These Years Mar 28, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
The Good Wife Silly Season Feb 21, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Hannibal Ko No Mono May 9, 2014 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Nip/Tuck Nip/Tuck Montana/Sassy/Justice Oct 7, 2003 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
ER Match Made in Heaven Apr 14, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Law & Order: SVU Law & Order: SVU Man Down Sep 27, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal US
Defiance If I Ever Leave This World Alive Jun 13, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal US
Grey's Anatomy She's Gone Sep 23, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
The O.C. The O.C. Ties That Bind May 5, 2004 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Veep Justice May 7, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Little Fires Everywhere Little Fires Everywhere Duo, Find a Way Apr 1, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Masters of Sex Masters of Sex Night and Day Nov 6, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Rita Rita Den voksne Sep 11, 2013 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Crime
None Legal Non-US
Please Like Me Pancakes with Faces Nov 20, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal Non-US
Dear White People Dear White People Coco May 4, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7.3 Apr 1, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Weeds Van Nuys Jul 7, 2009 TV
  • Drama
US

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