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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 Last American Virgin Jul 30, 1982 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
High Fidelity Mar 31, 2000 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Sarah's Choice Nov 1, 2009 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Happy Endings Jul 29, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None US
Obvious Child Aug 29, 2014 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Surrogate The Surrogate Jun 12, 2020 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Our Time Apr 10, 1974 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Topsy-Turvy Dec 15, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-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
Demolition Demolition Apr 8, 2016 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Sling Blade Sling Blade Nov 27, 1996 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Life Before Her Eyes Sep 5, 2008 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Nocturnal Animals Dec 9, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
The Last King of Scotland The Last King of Scotland Sep 27, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
Wild at Heart Aug 17, 1990 Film
  • Crime
  • Romance
None Legal US
The Glorias The Glorias Sep 30, 2020 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Carrington Carrington Nov 10, 1995 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US

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