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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 datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Sweet Revenge Oct 31, 1984 Film
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
St. Elsewhere Playing God: Part 2 Sep 27, 1984 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Legal US
Racing with the Moon Mar 23, 1984 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
St. Elsewhere Monday, Tuesday, Sven's Day Mar 2, 1983 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
St. Elsewhere Down's Syndrome Nov 17, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Dallas Where There's a Will, Lock, Stock and Jock Oct 8, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Facts of Life The Source Oct 6, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Aug 13, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
The Last American Virgin Jul 30, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
The Last American Virgin The Last American Virgin Jun 26, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
My Body, My Child Apr 13, 1982 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Choice Feb 11, 1981 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Resurrection Sep 26, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Fame May 16, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
Quincy, M.E. Physician, Heal Thyself Feb 22, 1979 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Death Legal US
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death Legal US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Feb 4, 1976 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US

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