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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 ascending Episode(s) Release date Type Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Veep Veep Iowa, Discovery Weekend, Pledge Apr 14, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Veep Justice May 7, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Upstairs, Downstairs A Perfect Specimen of Woman Oct 22, 2011 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Untouched Mar 2, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
US
Unspeakable Apr 1, 2002 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
None Legal US
UnReal UnReal Sudden Death Jul 17, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Unpregnant Unpregnant Sep 10, 2020 Film
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Unplanned Unplanned Mar 28, 2019 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Unborn Souls Jan 1, 1939 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Twice Shy Twice Shy Jul 8, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
True Detective Other Lives Jul 19, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Transparent The Letting Go, Rollin' Sep 26, 2014 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Touched by an Angel The Empty Chair Nov 19, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
None Legal US
Topsy-Turvy Dec 15, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Musical
None Illegal Non-US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Thirtysomething Thirtysomething About Last Night Feb 14, 1989 TV
  • Soap Opera
None Illegal US
Third Watch Faith, Know Thyself Oct 9, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her Oct 4, 2000 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
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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