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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 descending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None 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
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Maude Maude Maude's Dilemma: Part 1, Maude's Dilemma: Part 2 Nov 14, 1972 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
All My Children Feb 1, 1973 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Our Time Apr 10, 1974 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Godfather Part II Dec 20, 1974 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Feb 4, 1976 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death Legal US
Quincy, M.E. Physician, Heal Thyself Feb 22, 1979 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Death Legal US
Fame May 16, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
Resurrection Sep 26, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Choice Feb 11, 1981 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
My Body, My Child Apr 13, 1982 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Last American Virgin Jul 30, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Aug 13, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US

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