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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 Legality Settingsort descending
Felicia's Journey Nov 24, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Red Dahlia Above Suspicion The Red Dahlia: Part 3 Jan 6, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Penny Dreadful The Nightcomers May 17, 2015 TV
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Thriller
None Illegal Other
Dogma Nov 12, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Legal Other
Battlestar Galactica The Captain's Hand Feb 18, 2006 TV
  • Science Fiction
None 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 Life Before Her Eyes Sep 5, 2008 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Smoke Jun 9, 1995 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None US
Halt and Catch Fire 10Broad36 Jul 5, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Legal US
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
You Can Count on Me Dec 22, 2000 Film
  • Drama
Legal US
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Aug 13, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Claws Claws Cracker Casserole Jun 17, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US

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