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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Little Woods Little Woods Apr 19, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Gosnell Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Oct 12, 2018 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Legal US
Dirty Dancing Aug 21, 1987 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Revolutionary Road Jan 23, 2009 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
The Scarlet Worm Aug 27, 2011 Film
  • Action
Illegal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Unspeakable Apr 1, 2002 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
End of the Road Feb 10, 1970 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Greenberg Mar 26, 2010 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Blue Jay Blue Jay Oct 11, 2016 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Lucifurs Jan 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Before I Say Goodbye May 13, 2007 Film
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Inside Llewyn Davis Jan 10, 2014 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Illegal US
Finding Home Oct 18, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
US

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