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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 Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
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
The Scarlet Worm Aug 27, 2011 Film
  • Action
Illegal US
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story Mar 9, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Illegal US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Out of the Ashes Apr 14, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
End of the Road Feb 10, 1970 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Inside Llewyn Davis Jan 10, 2014 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7.3 Apr 1, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Unborn Souls Jan 1, 1939 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Sweet Revenge Oct 31, 1984 Film
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Darling Aug 3, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7, Episode 8 May 12, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Never Look Away Never Look Away Oct 3, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Guilty Parents Apr 2, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Sweet Bird of Youth Mar 21, 1962 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Peaky Blinders 1.2 Sep 30, 2014 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US

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