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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 ascending Setting
Honeymoon Sep 12, 2014 Film
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
Natural Selection Mar 13, 2011 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Cleveland Abduction May 2, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Sex Education Sex Education Episode 2, Episode 3 Jan 11, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Nancy's Choice Feb 1, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
Wilbur Falls Jul 24, 1998 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Spenser: For Hire Children of a Tempest Storm Oct 12, 1985 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Somewhere Between Fate Takes a Holiday Aug 8, 2017 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Legal US
The Game The Game The Right to Choose Episode, Skeletons, The Truth Pact Jan 10, 2012 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
21 Grams Oct 19, 2003 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Private Practice Crime and Punishment Dec 4, 2008 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
My Mad Fat Diary My Mad Fat Diary Ladies and Gentlemen Jan 21, 2013 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
Dublin Murders Dublin Murders Episode 2 Oct 15, 2019 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Law and Order: Criminal Intent Seeds Oct 11, 2007 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Party of Five A Mid-Semester's Night Dream, The Baby Oct 28, 1998 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Affair The Affair 208 Nov 22, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Last American Virgin The Last American Virgin Jun 26, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child Oct 22, 1995 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal Non-US

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