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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 Legality Settingsort descending
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Orphan Black By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried Jun 21, 2014 TV
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Non-US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Please Like Me Pancakes with Faces Nov 20, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal Non-US
Peaky Blinders 1.2 Sep 30, 2014 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cocaine Blues Feb 24, 2012 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Vera Drake Oct 22, 2004 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Alias Grace Part 2 Nov 3, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal Non-US
Peaky Blinders Episode 3.5 Jun 2, 2016 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Alfie Aug 24, 1966 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Non-US
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Non-US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Degrassi: The Next Generation Accidents Will Happen: Part 1, Accidents Will Happen: Part 2 Jan 26, 2004 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US
The Lives We Lead Oct 13, 2015 Film
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 2.5 Apr 28, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US

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