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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
Law and Order: Criminal Intent The Third Horseman Jan 6, 2002 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
HeartBeat HeartBeat Pilot TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None US
Sarah's Choice Nov 1, 2009 Film
  • 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
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None US
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US
Glow Maybe It's All the Disco Jun 23, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Girls Will Be Girls Jan 17, 2003 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Law and Order: SVU Persona Nov 25, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Everwood Episode 20 May 5, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Papa Don't Preach Nov 7, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Jul 2, 1969 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US

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