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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
Titlesort descending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Blonde May 14, 2001 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Blood Mania Oct 28, 1970 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Blue Jay Blue Jay Oct 11, 2016 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Boardwalk Empire Margate Sands Feb 13, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US
BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman Commence Fracking Sep 8, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Boss Ablution Aug 31, 2012 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Boston Legal Boston Legal Roe Nov 10, 2008 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Breathless Breathless Episode 1, Episode 3 Aug 24, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Brockmire Road Trip May 3, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Burden of Truth Burden of Truth Ducks on the Pond Sep 12, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Cagney & Lacey The Clinic Nov 11, 1985 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7, Episode 8 May 12, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 4.6 May 4, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 2.5 Apr 28, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7.3 Apr 1, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US

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