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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 & Order: Special Victims Unit Gray Nov 17, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
US
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Film
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Eye of God Oct 17, 1997 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Non-US
Doing Time on Maple Drive Mar 17, 1992 TV
  • Drama
Palindromes Sep 3, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
US
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Third Watch Faith, Know Thyself Oct 9, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Marcus Welby, MD A Fragile Possession Sep 13, 1972 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
Degrassi High A New Start: Part 1, A New Start: Part 2 Nov 7, 1989 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death
Beverly Hills: 90210 Housewarming, Fearless, The Things We Do for Love, Loser Take All Oct 30, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
US
Law and Order: SVU Hammered Oct 14, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
US
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
The Scarlet Worm Aug 27, 2011 Film
  • Action
US

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