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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 Typesort descending Genre Outcomes Legality Setting
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Bachelorette Sep 6, 2012 Film
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Alison's Choice Jun 27, 2015 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
Code 46 Sep 2, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Adverse psychological outcome Legal Non-US
Unplanned Unplanned Mar 28, 2019 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Blood Mania Oct 28, 1970 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Snowman The Snowman Oct 20, 2017 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Death Legal Non-US
MacGruber May 21, 2010 Film
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Romance
Death Legal US
Eye of God Oct 17, 1997 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Venus Dec 21, 2006 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
Palindromes Sep 3, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Baby Boy Jun 27, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Heat and Dust Sep 15, 1983 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Nanny Nov 7, 1965 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal Non-US
The Carey Treatment Jul 2, 1972 Film
  • Crime
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Gosnell Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer Oct 12, 2018 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Legal US
A Climate for Killing Jul 18, 1991 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death US
Twice Shy Twice Shy Jul 8, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US

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