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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 datesort descending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Facts of Life The Source Oct 6, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
Dallas Where There's a Will, Lock, Stock and Jock Oct 8, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
St. Elsewhere Down's Syndrome Nov 17, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
St. Elsewhere Monday, Tuesday, Sven's Day Mar 2, 1983 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Racing with the Moon Mar 23, 1984 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
St. Elsewhere Playing God: Part 2 Sep 27, 1984 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Legal US
Sweet Revenge Oct 31, 1984 Film
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Spenser: For Hire Children of a Tempest Storm Oct 12, 1985 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Cagney & Lacey The Clinic Nov 11, 1985 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
St. Elsewhere The Boom Boom Womb, To Tell the Truth Jan 8, 1986 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Choices Feb 18, 1986 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Young and the Restless Episode #1.3497 Dec 11, 1986 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
St. Elsewhere Getting Ahead Jan 29, 1987 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
Dirty Dancing Aug 21, 1987 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Jack's Back May 6, 1988 Film
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Degrassi High A New Start: Part 1, A New Start: Part 2 Nov 7, 1989 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US

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