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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: 2021
Format: 2021
Title Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Settingsort descending
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Workin' Moms Workin' Moms Bare, Bye Bye Kate, Merde Feb 22, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
One Sings, the Other Doesn't One Sings, the Other Doesn't Mar 9, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
LetterKenny LetterKenny Sled Shack Jul 1, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Order by Innocence Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence Episode 3 Aug 10, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Illegal Non-US
Out of the Ashes Apr 14, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Harlots Harlots Episode 6 May 1, 2017 TV
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Borgen Borgen Episode 3 Sep 1, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
The Lives We Lead Oct 13, 2015 Film
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Match Point Match Point Jan 20, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait of a Lady on Fire Feb 14, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Red Dahlia Above Suspicion The Red Dahlia: Part 3 Jan 6, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Grantchester Grantchester Episode 3.4 Jul 12, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US

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