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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 datesort descending Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
The Curse of Eve Oct 1, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Illegal US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
Guilty Parents Apr 2, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Men in White Apr 6, 1934 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Illegal
The Road to Ruin May 15, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Unborn Souls Jan 1, 1939 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Illegal
Confessions of Vice Baron Jun 30, 1943 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Illegal
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal
Detective Story Oct 24, 1951 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Illegal US

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