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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 descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Fosters Sex Ed Feb 28, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm The Spite Store Mar 22, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
True Detective Other Lives Jul 19, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why If You're Breathing, You're a Liar Aug 23, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Nancy's Choice Feb 1, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
LetterKenny LetterKenny Sled Shack Jul 1, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-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
Order by Innocence Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence Episode 3 Aug 10, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Illegal Non-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
Upstairs, Downstairs A Perfect Specimen of Woman Oct 22, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
The Knick Where's the Dignity Aug 22, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal US
Harlots Harlots Episode 6 May 1, 2017 TV
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
St. Elsewhere Getting Ahead Jan 29, 1987 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
Sex and the City Coulda Woulda Shoulda Aug 5, 2001 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Better Things Better Things Future Fever Oct 6, 2016 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
American Horror Story: Hotel Room 33 Nov 11, 2015 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Archer Archer Skorpio Feb 11, 2010 TV
  • Action
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US

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