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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 Legality Settingsort descending
Skins Skins Jal, Cassie, Final Goodbyes Mar 31, 2008 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Peaky Blinders Episode 3.5 Jun 2, 2016 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Twice Shy Twice Shy Jul 8, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
Out of the Ashes Apr 14, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal Non-US
Grantchester Episode 2.1 Feb 3, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
The Letdown The Letdown One, The Dilemma, Heavy Heart, Shameless Jul 31, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Bellevue Bellevue The Problem with the Truth Feb 28, 2018 TV
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Murdoch Mysteries Shades of Gray Mar 10, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal Non-US
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
The Lives We Lead Oct 13, 2015 Film
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US
Sex Education Sex Education Episode 2, Episode 3 Jan 11, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal Non-US
Waterland Oct 30, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cocaine Blues Feb 24, 2012 TV
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Arch of Triumph Feb 17, 1948 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal Non-US
Vera Drake Oct 22, 2004 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Rita Rita Den voksne Sep 11, 2013 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Crime
None Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Episode 4.6 May 4, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal Non-US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7.3 Apr 1, 2018 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US

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