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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Ides of March Oct 7, 2011 Film
  • Drama
Death Legal US
The Blackout Jun 11, 1997 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Life Before Her Eyes Sep 5, 2008 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Smoke Jun 9, 1995 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None US
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
You Can Count on Me Dec 22, 2000 Film
  • Drama
Legal US
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Aug 13, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Oct 4, 1990 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
None Non-US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Haunting of Hell House Nov 16, 1999 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Feb 4, 1976 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Detective Story Oct 24, 1951 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Knight of Cups Mar 4, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Honeymoon Sep 12, 2014 Film
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
What Goes Up May 29, 2009 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Entropy Nov 27, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Legal US
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Bachelorette Sep 6, 2012 Film
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US

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