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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
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Harlots Harlots Episode 6 May 1, 2017 TV
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Oct 4, 1990 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
None Non-US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Carrington Carrington Nov 10, 1995 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
LetterKenny LetterKenny Sled Shack Jul 1, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Order by Innocence Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence Episode 3 Aug 10, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Illegal Non-US
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait of a Lady on Fire Feb 14, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Red Dahlia Above Suspicion The Red Dahlia: Part 3 Jan 6, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Code 46 Sep 2, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Adverse psychological outcome Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Penny Dreadful The Nightcomers May 17, 2015 TV
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Thriller
None Illegal Other
Battlestar Galactica The Captain's Hand Feb 18, 2006 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Other
Dogma Nov 12, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Legal Other
Defying Gravity Pilot, Law of Natural Selection, Threshold, H2IK (Hell If I Know), Rubicon, Bacon, Fear, Kiss Aug 2, 2009 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Other
Prometheus Jun 8, 2012 Film
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
None Illegal Other
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US

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