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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: 2018
Format: 2018
Title Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
St. Elsewhere Getting Ahead Jan 29, 1987 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None US
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None US
Smoke Jun 9, 1995 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None US
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Oct 4, 1990 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
None Non-US
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
The Handmaid's Tale Offred Apr 26, 2017 TV
  • Drama
US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Housewarming, Fearless, The Things We Do for Love, Loser Take All Oct 30, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None US
Law and Order: SVU Hammered Oct 14, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None US
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
None US
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
The Americans Persona Non Grata Jun 8, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None US
Finding Home Oct 18, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
US
House, MD One Day, One Room Jan 31, 2007 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None US
American Horror Story: Murder House Murder House, Halloween Part 1 Oct 19, 2011 TV
  • Horror
None US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
South Park Cartman Joins NAMBLA Jun 21, 2000 TV
  • Comedy
US
House, MD Fetal Position Apr 4, 2007 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None US

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