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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: 2020
Format: 2020
Title Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Settingsort descending
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US
Solaris Nov 27, 2002 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Criminal Minds Demonology Mar 11, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Days of Our Lives Episode #1.9898 Sep 28, 2004 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Roseanne Roseanne Thanksgiving 1994, Maybe Baby Nov 23, 1994 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Housewarming, Fearless, The Things We Do for Love, Loser Take All Oct 30, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None US
Hereditary Hereditary Jun 8, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
US
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Boston Legal Boston Legal Roe Nov 10, 2008 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Jack's Back May 6, 1988 Film
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Shameless Shameless O Captain, My Captain Jan 5, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Transparent The Letting Go, Rollin' Sep 26, 2014 TV
  • Drama
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
Jesus' Son Sep 5, 1999 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US

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