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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
The Survivalist Feb 12, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Skins Skins Jal, Cassie, Final Goodbyes Mar 31, 2008 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Vera Drake Oct 22, 2004 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Letdown The Letdown One, The Dilemma, Heavy Heart, Shameless Jul 31, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Peaky Blinders 1.2 Sep 30, 2014 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Bellevue Bellevue The Problem with the Truth Feb 28, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cocaine Blues Feb 24, 2012 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-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
Defying Gravity Pilot, Law of Natural Selection, Threshold, H2IK (Hell If I Know), Rubicon, Bacon, Fear, Kiss Aug 2, 2009 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Other
Prometheus Jun 8, 2012 Film
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
None Illegal Other
Penny Dreadful The Nightcomers May 17, 2015 TV
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Thriller
None Illegal Other
Battlestar Galactica The Captain's Hand Feb 18, 2006 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Other
Dogma Nov 12, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Legal Other
The Surrogate The Surrogate Jun 12, 2020 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Runaway Jury Oct 7, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Family Guy Family Guy Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream Feb 12, 2012 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US

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