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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 Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Wild at Heart Aug 17, 1990 Film
  • Crime
  • Romance
None Legal US
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Guilty Parents Apr 2, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Our Time Apr 10, 1974 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Ides of March Oct 7, 2011 Film
  • Drama
Death Legal US
The Anniversary Party Jun 29, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Life Before Her Eyes Sep 5, 2008 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Obvious Child Aug 29, 2014 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Gosnell Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Oct 12, 2018 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Legal US
Detective Story Oct 24, 1951 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Binding The Binding (Il Legame) Oct 2, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Horror
Death Illegal Non-US
Felicia's Journey Nov 24, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Girls Will Be Girls Jan 17, 2003 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Nocturnal Animals Dec 9, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Little Woods Little Woods Apr 19, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Unpregnant Unpregnant Sep 10, 2020 Film
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Blue Jay Blue Jay Oct 11, 2016 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US

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