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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 ascending
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
The Anniversary Party Jun 29, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Everwood Episode 20 May 5, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
None Legal US
South Park Woodland Critter Christmas Dec 15, 2004 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
For Colored Girls Nov 5, 2010 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
My Body, My Child Apr 13, 1982 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Good Wife Je Ne Sais What? Jan 14, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Legal
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Roseanne Roseanne Thanksgiving 1994, Maybe Baby Nov 23, 1994 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Nine Lives Sep 2, 2005 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
As the World Turns Nov 1, 1992 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
The Haunting of Hell House Nov 16, 1999 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Continuum A Test of Time Feb 11, 2013 TV
  • Science Fiction
None US
Boston Legal Boston Legal Roe Nov 10, 2008 TV
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Life Stories: Families in Crisis Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story Aug 16, 1992 TV
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Shameless Shameless O Captain, My Captain Jan 5, 2020 TV
  • Comedy
  • Comedy-drama
  • Drama
None Legal US
Law and Order Dignity Oct 23, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Marcus Welby, MD Echo of a Baby's Laugh Oct 28, 1969 TV
  • Medical
None Illegal US
Girls Will Be Girls Jan 17, 2003 Film
  • Comedy
  • Romance
None Illegal US

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