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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
Titlesort descending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
21 Grams Oct 19, 2003 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
US
A Private Matter Jun 20, 1992 TV
  • Drama
Absolute Strangers Apr 15, 1991 TV
  • Drama
Alfie Aug 24, 1966 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Non-US
Alison's Choice Jun 27, 2015 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
All Good Things Dec 9, 2010 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
US
All My Children Jan 1, 1995 TV
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
All My Children Feb 1, 1973 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
American Dreams Act of Contrition Mar 2, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
American Horror Story: Hotel Room 33 Nov 11, 2015 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
American Horror Story: Murder House Murder House, Halloween Part 1 Oct 19, 2011 TV
  • Horror
None Illegal
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Illegal US
Another World Episode 1.130 Nov 9, 1964 TV
  • Soap Opera
Illegal US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None US
Babysitter's Black Book Feb 21, 2015 TV
  • Drama

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