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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 Legality Settingsort descending
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
Sarah's Choice Nov 1, 2009 Film
  • Drama
Legal
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
Felicia's Journey Nov 24, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
Illegal
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Law and Order: SVU Persona Nov 25, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None
The X-Files Terms of Endearment Jan 3, 1999 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
My Body, My Child Apr 13, 1982 TV
  • Drama
The Life Before Her Eyes Sep 5, 2008 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Smoke Jun 9, 1995 Film
  • Comedy
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death
Knight of Cups Mar 4, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Illegal
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
The Magicians Cheat Day Feb 22, 2017 TV
  • Fantasy
What Goes Up May 29, 2009 Film
  • Drama

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