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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
The Black Dahlia Haunting Sep 15, 2012 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Horror
None Illegal US
Alfie Aug 24, 1966 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Non-US
Street Corner Oct 3, 1949 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle May 13, 1917 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Jack's Back May 6, 1988 Film
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Mystery
Death Illegal US
The Last King of Scotland The Last King of Scotland Sep 27, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Death Illegal Non-US
Jesus' Son Sep 5, 1999 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Vera Drake Oct 22, 2004 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
The Haunting of Hell House Nov 16, 1999 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Solaris Nov 27, 2002 Film
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
Death Legal US
White Slaves of Chinatown May 29, 1964 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Sling Blade Sling Blade Nov 27, 1996 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Gambling with Souls Sep 1, 1936 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
The Godfather Part II Dec 20, 1974 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Match Point Match Point Jan 20, 2006 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
He Got Game May 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Runaway Jury Oct 7, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Margaret Sep 30, 2011 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Racing with the Moon Mar 23, 1984 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Ann Vickers Oct 6, 1933 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US

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