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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
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone? Nov 11, 2016 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
General Hospital Episode #1.11120 Aug 29, 2006 TV
  • Medical
  • Soap Opera
None Legal US
The Game The Game The Right to Choose Episode, Skeletons, The Truth Pact Jan 10, 2012 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
House of Cards Chapter 17, Chapter 18 Feb 14, 2014 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
St. Elsewhere Getting Ahead Jan 29, 1987 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
US
Salem The Vow, The Stone Child Apr 20, 2014 TV
  • Historical
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal US
My Mad Fat Diary My Mad Fat Diary Ladies and Gentlemen Jan 21, 2013 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Glow Maybe It's All the Disco Jun 23, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Please Like Me Pancakes with Faces Nov 20, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal Non-US
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child Oct 22, 1995 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal Non-US
Dublin Murders Dublin Murders Episode 2 Oct 15, 2019 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Mrs. America Mrs. America Gloria Apr 15, 2020 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Law and Order: SVU Persona Nov 25, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Breathless Breathless Episode 1, Episode 3 Aug 24, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Chicago Hope Right to Life Jan 23, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal US
Archer Archer Archer Dreamland: Berenice Apr 12, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US

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