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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 Type Genre Outcomes Legalitysort descending Setting
Absolute Strangers Apr 15, 1991 TV
  • Drama
Positive health outcome US
Beverly Hills: 90210 Housewarming, Fearless, The Things We Do for Love, Loser Take All Oct 30, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None US
Method Jun 24, 2004 Film
  • Romance
  • Thriller
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death US
Standing on Fishes Aug 7, 1999 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Carrington Carrington Nov 10, 1995 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Chicago Med Chicago Med Tell Me the Truth Apr 3, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Where Are My Children? May 1, 1916 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal US
Sweet Revenge Oct 31, 1984 Film
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Ask for Jane Ask for Jane May 17, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Road to Ruin Mar 23, 1928 Film
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Love with a Proper Stranger Love with the Proper Stranger Dec 25, 1963 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Survivalist Feb 12, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
The Other Side of Midnight Jun 8, 1977 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Illegal Non-US
For Colored Girls Nov 5, 2010 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 5.3 Jan 31, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Underground Things Unsaid Mar 15, 2017 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Life Stories: Families in Crisis Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story Aug 16, 1992 TV
  • Drama
Death Illegal US

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