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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
Brockmire Road Trip May 3, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Roswell Roswell, New Mexico Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Good Mother Mar 23, 2020 TV
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Last American Virgin The Last American Virgin Jun 26, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Dogma Nov 12, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Legal Other
The Letdown The Letdown One, The Dilemma, Heavy Heart, Shameless Jul 31, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Being Mary Jane If The Shoe Fits Nov 24, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Solaris Nov 27, 2002 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Bellevue Bellevue The Problem with the Truth Feb 28, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Criminal Minds Demonology Mar 11, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Days of Our Lives Episode #1.9898 Sep 28, 2004 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Boston Legal Boston Legal Roe Nov 10, 2008 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Orphan Black By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried Jun 21, 2014 TV
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Non-US
Match Point Match Point Jan 20, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Shameless Shameless O Captain, My Captain Jan 5, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Transparent The Letting Go, Rollin' Sep 26, 2014 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Buffalo Bill Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 1, Jo-Jo's Problem: Part 2 Jan 26, 1984 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US

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