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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
He Got Game May 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Hereditary Hereditary Jun 8, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Runaway Jury Oct 7, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Racing with the Moon Mar 23, 1984 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Sweet Bird of Youth Mar 21, 1962 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Dogma Nov 12, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Legal Other
Never Look Away Never Look Away Oct 3, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Non-US
The Yellow Handkerchief Nov 19, 2009 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Resurrection Sep 26, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
October Baby Oct 28, 2011 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Wild Dec 19, 2014 Film
  • Adventure
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Inside Llewyn Davis Jan 10, 2014 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Illegal US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US

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