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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 date Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
Murdoch Mysteries Shades of Gray Mar 10, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal Non-US
If These Walls Could Talk Oct 14, 1996 TV
  • Drama
Death, None Illegal US
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Copper In the Hands of an Angry God, A Day to Give Thanks Sep 2, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Knick Mr. Paris Shoes Aug 15, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Moral Orel Moral Orel Alone Oct 21, 2008 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Illegal US
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Blood Mania Oct 28, 1970 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Penny Dreadful The Nightcomers May 17, 2015 TV
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Thriller
None Illegal Other
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
Another Period Another Period Lillian's Birthday Jul 28, 2015 TV
  • Comedy
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Peyton Place Episode 1.8 Jun 26, 1965 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Illegal US
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gray Nov 17, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Death Illegal US
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Marcus Welby, MD A Fragile Possession Sep 13, 1972 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Boardwalk Empire Margate Sands Feb 13, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US

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