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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
Obvious Child Aug 29, 2014 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Guilty Parents Apr 2, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Dogma Nov 12, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Legal Other
Fame May 16, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
Sweet Bird of Youth Mar 21, 1962 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Jack's Back May 6, 1988 Film
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
The Yellow Handkerchief Nov 19, 2009 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Jesus' Son Sep 5, 1999 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Vera Drake Oct 22, 2004 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
October Baby Oct 28, 2011 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Solaris Nov 27, 2002 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Nocturnal Animals Dec 9, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
The Curse of Eve Oct 1, 1917 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
For Colored Girls Nov 5, 2010 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
He Got Game May 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Nine Lives Sep 2, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US

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