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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 Legalitysort descending Setting
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
Made in Heaven Made in Heaven All That Glitters is Gold Mar 8, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal Non-US
The Choice Feb 11, 1981 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Touched by an Angel The Empty Chair Nov 19, 2000 TV
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
None Legal US
The Fosters Mother Jul 21, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
Positive health outcome Legal US
Roswell Roswell, New Mexico Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Good Mother Mar 23, 2020 TV
  • Science Fiction
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Wilbur Falls Jul 24, 1998 Film
  • Comedy
  • Drama
None Legal US
The Game The Game The Right to Choose Episode, Skeletons, The Truth Pact Jan 10, 2012 TV
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Romance
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
True Detective Other Lives Jul 19, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
21 Grams Oct 19, 2003 Film
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
The Girlfriend Experience Family Dec 3, 2017 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
My Mad Fat Diary My Mad Fat Diary Ladies and Gentlemen Jan 21, 2013 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
BoJack Horseman Brrap Brrap Pew Pew Jul 22, 2016 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Dublin Murders Dublin Murders Episode 2 Oct 15, 2019 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal Non-US
Law and Order: Criminal Intent Seeds Oct 11, 2007 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Big Mouth Big Mouth The Planned Parenthood Show Oct 5, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
The Life Zone Jun 10, 2011 Film
  • Horror
  • Thriller
Death Legal US

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