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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
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 1 Mar 29, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Frayed Frayed Episode 2 Jul 30, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
The Buccaneers Capture Feb 27, 1995 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Topsy-Turvy Dec 15, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait of a Lady on Fire Feb 14, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Red Dahlia Above Suspicion The Red Dahlia: Part 3 Jan 6, 2010 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Liar Liar White Rabbit Oct 11, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
One Sings, the Other Doesn't One Sings, the Other Doesn't Mar 9, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Carrington Carrington Nov 10, 1995 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Out of the Ashes Apr 14, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Made in Heaven Made in Heaven All That Glitters is Gold Mar 8, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Borgen Borgen Episode 3 Sep 1, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Dublin Murders Dublin Murders Episode 2 Oct 15, 2019 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Breathless Breathless Episode 1, Episode 3 Aug 24, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Skins Skins Jal, Cassie, Final Goodbyes Mar 31, 2008 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Degrassi High A New Start: Part 1, A New Start: Part 2 Nov 7, 1989 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
Match Point Match Point Jan 20, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US

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