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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 Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
The Americans Persona Non Grata Jun 8, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None US
American Horror Story: Murder House Murder House, Halloween Part 1 Oct 19, 2011 TV
  • Horror
None US
House, MD One Day, One Room Jan 31, 2007 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None US
Hereditary Hereditary Jun 8, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
South Park Cartman Joins NAMBLA Jun 21, 2000 TV
  • Comedy
US
Ask for Jane Ask for Jane May 17, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Men in White Apr 6, 1934 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Chicago Med Chicago Med Tell Me the Truth Apr 3, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Love Minus One Jan 1, 1971 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Hannibal Ko No Mono May 9, 2014 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Nurses The Nurses The Life Feb 14, 1963 TV
  • Medical
  • Soap Opera
Death Illegal US
In the Heat of the Night Oct 25, 1967 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Illegal US
Cold Case Volunteers Mar 8, 2004 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
Call the Midwife Episode 2.5 Apr 28, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Sling Blade Sling Blade Nov 27, 1996 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Prometheus Jun 8, 2012 Film
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
None Illegal Other
Catch me if you can Catch Me if You Can Dec 25, 2002 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US

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