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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
Greenberg Mar 26, 2010 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Dynasty The Setup, The Fair Dec 2, 1987 TV
  • Soap Opera
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Veep Justice May 7, 2017 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Little Fires Everywhere Little Fires Everywhere Duo, Find a Way Apr 1, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Masters of Sex Masters of Sex Night and Day Nov 6, 2016 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her Oct 4, 2000 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Bachelorette Sep 6, 2012 Film
  • Comedy-drama
None Legal US
Dear White People Dear White People Coco May 4, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
Alison's Choice Jun 27, 2015 Film
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome, Adverse psychological outcome Legal US
The Fluffer Nov 16, 2001 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
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
Weeds Van Nuys Jul 7, 2009 TV
  • Drama
US
Cold Case Volunteers Mar 8, 2004 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
New Amsterdam New Amsterdam Righteous Right Hand Oct 29, 2019 TV
  • Medical
None Legal US
Chicago Hope Right to Life Jan 23, 1996 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
Positive health outcome Legal US
Scrubs Scrubs My Mirror Image, My Best Friend's Baby's Baby and My Baby's Baby Dec 7, 2006 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
The Magicians Cheat Day Feb 22, 2017 TV
  • Fantasy
None Legal US
Shameless A Great Cause Mar 18, 2012 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
To Find a Man May 31, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Illegal US

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