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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
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
For Colored Girls Nov 5, 2010 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Non-US
Nine Lives Sep 2, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Resurrection Sep 26, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Gosnell Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Oct 12, 2018 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Legal US
Alfie Aug 24, 1966 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Non-US
Twice Shy Twice Shy Jul 8, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Unborn Souls Jan 1, 1939 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Little Woods Little Woods Apr 19, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US
The Fluffer Nov 16, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
White Slaves of Chinatown May 29, 1964 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Inside Llewyn Davis Jan 10, 2014 Film
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Illegal US
The Godfather Part II Dec 20, 1974 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Guilty Parents Apr 2, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US

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