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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 Legality Settingsort descending
China Beach Holly's Choice Feb 1, 1990 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Doctor Foster Doctor Foster Episode 4 Sep 30, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child Oct 22, 1995 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal Non-US
The Crimson Petal and the White The Crimson Petal and the White Episode 4 Apr 27, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Topsy-Turvy Dec 15, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Upstairs, Downstairs A Perfect Specimen of Woman Oct 22, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
The Last King of Scotland The Last King of Scotland Sep 27, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
The Glorias The Glorias Sep 30, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Carrington Carrington Nov 10, 1995 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Twice Shy Twice Shy Jul 8, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Peaky Blinders Episode 3.5 Jun 2, 2016 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Felicia's Journey Nov 24, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Last Tango in Halifax Episode 2.3 Dec 3, 2013 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Murdoch Mysteries Shades of Gray Mar 10, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal Non-US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
The Lives We Lead Oct 13, 2015 Film
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US

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