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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Film
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Eye of God Oct 17, 1997 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Non-US
Palindromes Sep 3, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
US
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Legal
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Coma Jan 6, 1978 Film
  • Thriller
Death
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal
End of the Road Feb 10, 1970 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Death Illegal
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Dirty Dancing Aug 21, 1987 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US

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