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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
Little Woods Little Woods Apr 19, 2019 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Runaway Jury Oct 7, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Racing with the Moon Mar 23, 1984 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Illegal US
Chance at Heaven Oct 27, 1933 Film
  • Drama
None US
Detective Story Oct 24, 1951 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal US
Enlighten Thy Daughter Jan 28, 1917 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Death Illegal US
Grandma Sep 18, 2015 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
He Got Game May 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Play It As It Lays Oct 19, 1972 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
Resurrection Sep 26, 1980 Film
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
What Goes Up May 29, 2009 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Damaged Feb 1, 2005 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
Blue Jay Blue Jay Oct 11, 2016 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
American Zealot Nov 13, 2016 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
Legal US
Beyond the Forest Oct 21, 1949 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Death Illegal US
Blood Mania Oct 28, 1970 Film
  • Horror
Adverse psychological outcome Illegal US
The Scoffer Sep 1, 1920 Film
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Bitter Moon Jul 12, 1992 Film
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Non-US
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Never Rarely Sometimes Always Mar 13, 2020 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Right Way Sep 4, 2004 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Non-US

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