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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
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Film
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Doing Time on Maple Drive Mar 17, 1992 TV
  • Drama
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Peyton Place Episode 1.8 Jun 26, 1965 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
Illegal
Third Watch Faith, Know Thyself Oct 9, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Degrassi High A New Start: Part 1, A New Start: Part 2 Nov 7, 1989 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Legal
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Unspeakable Apr 1, 2002 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story Mar 9, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal
End of the Road Feb 10, 1970 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Death Illegal
The Americans Persona Non Grata Jun 8, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
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