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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: 2019
Format: 2019
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
Mindhunter Mindhunter Episode 3 Oct 13, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Liar Liar White Rabbit Oct 11, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome 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
BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman Commence Fracking Sep 8, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Somewhere Between Fate Takes a Holiday Aug 8, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Grantchester Grantchester Episode 3.4 Jul 12, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Claws Claws Fallout Jul 2, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
LetterKenny LetterKenny Sled Shack Jul 1, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Glow Maybe It's All the Disco Jun 23, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Dirty Dancing May 24, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Veep Justice May 7, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Brockmire Road Trip May 3, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Harlots Harlots Episode 6 May 1, 2017 TV
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
The Handmaid's Tale Offred Apr 26, 2017 TV
  • Drama
US
Archer Archer Archer Dreamland: Berenice Apr 12, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
The Fosters Sex Ed Feb 28, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
The Magicians Cheat Day Feb 22, 2017 TV
  • Fantasy
None Legal US

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