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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
The Yellow Handkerchief Nov 19, 2009 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The X-Files Colony Feb 10, 1995 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
Legal US
The X-Files Terms of Endearment Jan 3, 1999 TV
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal US
The West Wing The Supremes Mar 24, 2004 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Survivalist Feb 12, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
The Surrogate The Surrogate Jun 12, 2020 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Scarlet Worm Aug 27, 2011 Film
  • Action
Illegal US
The Sarah Silverman Show Bored of the Rings Oct 4, 2007 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Road to Ruin May 15, 1934 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US
The Pumpkin Eater Nov 9, 1964 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal Non-US
The Practice The Practice Part VI Apr 8, 1997 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
The Politician The Politician Election Day Jun 19, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
The O.C. The O.C. Ties That Bind May 5, 2004 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
The Nurses The Nurses The Life Feb 14, 1963 TV
  • Medical
  • Soap Opera
Death Illegal US

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