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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 Legalitysort descending Setting
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Revolutionary Road Jan 23, 2009 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • 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
End of the Road Feb 10, 1970 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Jack's Back May 6, 1988 Film
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Masters of Sex Masters of Sex Night and Day Nov 6, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Jesus' Son Sep 5, 1999 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Vera Drake Oct 22, 2004 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Peyton Place Episode 1.8 Jun 26, 1965 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Illegal US
Darling Aug 3, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cocaine Blues Feb 24, 2012 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7.3 Apr 1, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Racing with the Moon Mar 23, 1984 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US

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