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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
LetterKenny LetterKenny Sled Shack Jul 1, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Papa Don't Preach Nov 7, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Roswell Roswell, New Mexico Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Good Mother Mar 23, 2020 TV
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Family Guy Partial Terms of Endearment Jun 21, 2010 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
HeartBeat HeartBeat Pilot TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
ER If Not Now Jan 6, 2006 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Affair The Affair 9 Dec 14, 2014 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Jack and Bobby A Child of God Apr 21, 2005 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
All My Children Jan 1, 1995 TV
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Red Dahlia Above Suspicion The Red Dahlia: Part 3 Jan 6, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Boardwalk Empire Margate Sands Feb 13, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
ER Where the Heart Is May 10, 2001 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Claws Claws Cracker Casserole Jun 17, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US

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