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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: 2018
Format: 2018
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Quantico Run Sep 27, 2015 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
You're the Worst Born Dead Sep 23, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
True Detective Other Lives Jul 19, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Halt and Catch Fire 10Broad36 Jul 5, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Legal US
Alison's Choice Jun 27, 2015 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Penny Dreadful The Nightcomers May 17, 2015 TV
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Thriller
None Illegal Other
Grace and Frankie The Elevator May 8, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Scandal A Few Good Women May 7, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Call the Midwife Episode 4.6 May 4, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal Non-US
Cleveland Abduction May 2, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Girls Close Up Feb 22, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Babysitter's Black Book Feb 21, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Knick The Golden Lotus, Crutchfield Oct 17, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US
The Good Wife Opposition Research, Mind's Eye Oct 12, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Transparent The Letting Go, Rollin' Sep 26, 2014 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Honeymoon Sep 12, 2014 Film
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Obvious Child Aug 29, 2014 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Knick Where's the Dignity Aug 22, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal US
The Knick Mr. Paris Shoes Aug 15, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US

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