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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: 2017
Format: 2017
Title Episode(s) Release datesort ascending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
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
Obvious Child Aug 29, 2014 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Legal US
The Knick Where's the Dignity Aug 22, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
US
The Knick Mr. Paris Shoes Aug 15, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
US
The Fosters Mother Jul 21, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
Positive health outcome Legal US
Hannibal Ko No Mono May 9, 2014 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome US
Salem The Vow, The Stone Child Apr 20, 2014 TV
  • Historical
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None US
House of Cards Chapter 17, Chapter 18 Feb 14, 2014 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Inside Llewyn Davis Jan 10, 2014 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
Legal
Last Tango in Halifax Episode 2.3 Dec 3, 2013 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Orange Is the New Black Fool Me Once Jul 11, 2013 TV
  • Drama
Legal US
East Los High Build a Future Worthy of You Jul 3, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
Defiance If I Ever Leave This World Alive Jun 13, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None US
Call the Midwife Episode 2.5 Apr 28, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Non-US
Law and Order: SVU Secrets Exhumed Feb 13, 2013 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
The Good Wife Je Ne Sais What? Jan 14, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Parenthood Small Victories Jan 9, 2013 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Law and Order: SVU Presumed Guilty Jan 2, 2013 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
US

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