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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: 2017
Format: 2017
Title Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
Law and Order: SVU Secrets Exhumed Feb 13, 2013 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Lucifurs Jan 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Before I Say Goodbye Mar 15, 2007 Film
  • Drama
Finding Home Oct 18, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
US
A Private Matter Jun 20, 1992 TV
  • Drama
Sweet Revenge Oct 31, 1984 Film
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
Death
ER Match Made in Heaven Apr 14, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
The Americans Persona Non Grata Jun 8, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bedtime Mar 31, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Maude Maude's Dilemma: Part 1, Maude's Dilemma: Part 2 Nov 14, 1972 TV
  • Drama
US
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Non-US
Guilty Parents Apr 2, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Chicago Hope Right to Life Jan 23, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Criminal Minds Demonology Mar 11, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None US
Jack's Back May 6, 1988 Film
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Mystery
The Yellow Handkerchief Nov 19, 2009 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
US
Jesus' Son Sep 5, 1999 Film
  • Drama
US
Solaris Nov 27, 2002 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Romance
Law and Order Progeny Jan 25, 1995 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal

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