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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
Archer Archer Skorpio Feb 11, 2010 TV
  • Action
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Our Time Apr 10, 1974 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why If You're Breathing, You're a Liar Aug 23, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal US
Natural Selection Mar 13, 2011 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Demolition Demolition Apr 8, 2016 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Anniversary Party Jun 29, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Nancy's Choice Feb 1, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
Nip/Tuck Wesley Clovis Dec 17, 2009 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Nip/Tuck Agatha Ripp Aug 11, 2004 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Star The Winner Takes it All , May the Best Manager Win, Rise from the Ashes Sep 28, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None US
Sarah's Choice Nov 1, 2009 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None US
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US
Glow Maybe It's All the Disco Jun 23, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Girls Will Be Girls Jan 17, 2003 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
None Illegal US

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