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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
Before I Say Goodbye May 13, 2007 Film
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Battlestar Galactica The Captain's Hand Feb 18, 2006 TV
  • Science Fiction
None Legal Other
Barkskins Barkskins The Turtle King May 25, 2020 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Bachelorette Sep 6, 2012 Film
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Babysitter's Black Book Feb 21, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Asunder Oct 1, 1999 Film
  • Thriller
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Ask for Jane Ask for Jane May 17, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Archer Archer Skorpio Feb 11, 2010 TV
  • Action
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Archer Archer Archer Dreamland: Berenice Apr 12, 2017 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US
Another World Episode 1.130 Nov 9, 1964 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Another Period Another Period Lillian's Birthday Jul 28, 2015 TV
  • Comedy
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
American Horror Story: Murder House Murder House, Halloween Part 1 Oct 19, 2011 TV
  • Horror
None US
American Horror Story: Hotel Room 33 Nov 11, 2015 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
American Horror Story: Cult Winter of Our Discontent Oct 24, 2017 TV
  • Horror
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
American Dreams Act of Contrition Mar 2, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US

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