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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Love Minus One Jan 1, 1971 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Saint Francis Saint Frances Feb 28, 2020 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Swallow Swallow Mar 6, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
None Legal US
The Survivalist Feb 12, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Non-US
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
Margaret Sep 30, 2011 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Resurrection Sep 26, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
In the Heat of the Night Oct 25, 1967 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Illegal US
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
All Good Things Dec 9, 2010 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Coach Carter Jan 14, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her Oct 4, 2000 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
The Fluffer Nov 16, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Goldstein May 7, 1965 Film
  • Comedy
None Illegal US

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