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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
Alfie Aug 24, 1966 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Non-US
Marcus Welby, MD Echo of a Baby's Laugh Oct 28, 1969 TV
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Girls Will Be Girls Jan 17, 2003 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Blonde May 14, 2001 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Good Girls Revolt Dateline Oct 28, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
The Godfather Part II Dec 20, 1974 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Knick The Golden Lotus, Crutchfield Oct 17, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
White Slaves of Chinatown May 29, 1964 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Copper In the Hands of an Angry God, A Day to Give Thanks Sep 2, 2012 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Another Period Another Period Lillian's Birthday Jul 28, 2015 TV
  • Comedy
  • Historical
None Illegal US
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Masters of Sex Masters of Sex Night and Day Nov 6, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Feb 4, 1976 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gray Nov 17, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Death Illegal US
Love Minus One Jan 1, 1971 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7.3 Apr 1, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7, Episode 8 May 12, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US

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