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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
Titlesort descending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 4 Apr 21, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal Non-US
Carrington Carrington Nov 10, 1995 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Catch me if you can Catch Me if You Can Dec 25, 2002 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
None US
Chicago Hope Internal Affairs Mar 21, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Chicago Hope Right to Life Jan 23, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal US
Chicago Med Chicago Med Tell Me the Truth Apr 3, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Choices Feb 18, 1986 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story Mar 9, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Illegal US
Claws Claws Cracker Casserole Jun 17, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Claws Claws Fallout Jul 2, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Cleveland Abduction May 2, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Coach Carter Jan 14, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Code 46 Sep 2, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Adverse psychological outcome Legal Non-US
Cold Case Volunteers Mar 8, 2004 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
Cold Case Wings Dec 22, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death Legal US
Confessions of Vice Baron Jun 30, 1943 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US

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