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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 ascending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
All My Children Feb 1, 1973 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Good Wife Silly Season Feb 21, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
The Good Wife Opposition Research, Mind's Eye Oct 12, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Grey's Anatomy She's Gone Sep 23, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Absolute Strangers Apr 15, 1991 TV
  • Drama
Positive health outcome US
Law & Order: SVU Law & Order: SVU Man Down Sep 27, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
None Legal US
Babysitter's Black Book Feb 21, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Veep Justice May 7, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Euphoria Euphoria The Next Episode, The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed, And Salt The Earth Behind You Aug 4, 2019 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
House, MD Fetal Position Apr 4, 2007 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None US
The X-Files Colony Feb 10, 1995 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
Legal US
Chicago Med Chicago Med Tell Me the Truth Apr 3, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Degrassi: The Next Generation Accidents Will Happen: Part 1, Accidents Will Happen: Part 2 Jan 26, 2004 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal Non-US
Party of Five A Mid-Semester's Night Dream, The Baby Oct 28, 1998 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
You're the Worst Talking to Me, Talking to Me Nov 2, 2016 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
UnReal UnReal Sudden Death Jul 17, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Hannibal Ko No Mono May 9, 2014 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Shameless A Great Cause Mar 18, 2012 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Young and the Restless Episode #1.3497 Dec 11, 1986 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US

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