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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
Code 46 Sep 2, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Adverse psychological outcome Legal Non-US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Film
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Death Legal US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Entropy Nov 27, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Legal US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
None US
The Haunting of Hell House Nov 16, 1999 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Patty (The Shame of Patty Smith) Nov 15, 1963 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Honeymoon Sep 12, 2014 Film
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Eye of God Oct 17, 1997 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Palindromes Sep 3, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Scarlet Worm Aug 27, 2011 Film
  • Action
Illegal US

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