Search publications
Research on Abortion
Research at ANSIRH
Research on Contraception
Research on Culture
International Research
Research on Policy
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH publications
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH training materials
ANSIRH in the Media
ANSIRH publications & resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources
ANSIRH resources

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
Sweet Bird of Youth Mar 21, 1962 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
The Doctor and the Girl Sep 29, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Death Illegal US
Cold Case Volunteers Mar 8, 2004 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 7, Episode 8 May 12, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Twice Shy Twice Shy Jul 8, 2016 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal Non-US
The Suckling Dec 31, 1990 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Race Suicide Jan 1, 1938 Film
  • Drama
Illegal US
Defying Gravity Pilot, Law of Natural Selection, Threshold, H2IK (Hell If I Know), Rubicon, Bacon, Fear, Kiss Aug 2, 2009 TV
  • Drama
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Illegal Other
American Dreams Act of Contrition Mar 2, 2003 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Peyton Place Episode 1.8 Jun 26, 1965 TV
  • Drama
  • Soap Opera
None Illegal US
Call the Midwife Call the Midwife Episode 4 Apr 21, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Death Illegal Non-US
Making It Sep 24, 1971 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Call the Midwife Episode 2.5 Apr 28, 2013 TV
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Medical
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Thirtysomething Thirtysomething About Last Night Feb 14, 1989 TV
  • Soap Opera
None Illegal US
Catch me if you can Catch Me if You Can Dec 25, 2002 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Illegal US
The Cider House Rules Dec 10, 1999 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
None Illegal US
Never Look Away Never Look Away Oct 3, 2018 Film
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Cold Case Wings Dec 22, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
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

Pages

Sign up for the ANSIRH Listserv

Want to stay up to date on the latest research and news from ANSIRH? Join our listserv.

Contact us

Connect with us on social media

ANSIRH is a program within the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and is a part of UCSF's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

©2015 The Regents of the University of California