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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: 2020
Format: 2020
Title Episode(s) Release date Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Se7en Se7en Sep 22, 1995 Film
  • Crime
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Knight of Cups Mar 4, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Ask for Jane Ask for Jane May 17, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Dirty Dancing Aug 21, 1987 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Premature Premature Feb 21, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Goldstein May 7, 1965 Film
  • Comedy
None Illegal US
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Unspeakable Apr 1, 2002 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
None Legal US
The Life Zone Jun 10, 2011 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Legal US
Blame it on Fidel Blame it on Fidel Nov 29, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Non-US
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Natural Selection Mar 13, 2011 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Lucifurs Jan 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Gosnell Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Oct 12, 2018 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Legal US
Finding Home Oct 18, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
US
Cabaret Feb 13, 1972 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Bachelorette Sep 6, 2012 Film
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Alison's Choice Jun 27, 2015 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US

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