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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
Titlesort descending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
What Goes Up May 29, 2009 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
White Slaves of Chinatown May 29, 1964 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Wilbur Falls Jul 24, 1998 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Wild Dec 19, 2014 Film
  • Adventure
  • Drama
None Legal US
Wild at Heart Aug 17, 1990 Film
  • Crime
  • Romance
None Legal US
Workin' Moms Workin' Moms Bare, Bye Bye Kate, Merde Feb 22, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
You Can Count on Me Dec 22, 2000 Film
  • Drama
Legal US
You're the Worst Talking to Me, Talking to Me Nov 2, 2016 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
You're the Worst Born Dead Sep 23, 2015 TV
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US

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