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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
Criminal Minds Demonology Mar 11, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
None Legal US
Law and Order: SVU Presumed Guilty Jan 2, 2013 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
St. Elsewhere Down's Syndrome Nov 17, 1982 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
He Got Game May 1, 1998 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Meant to Be Dec 27, 2012 Film
  • Drama
None Legal US
Wild Dec 19, 2014 Film
  • Adventure
  • Drama
None Legal US
Scandal Baby It's Cold Outside Nov 19, 2015 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
Family Guy And I’m Joyce Kilmer Jan 16, 2011 TV
  • Animated
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Runaway Jury Oct 7, 2003 Film
  • Drama
  • Thriller
None Legal US
Being Mary Jane Being Mary Jane People in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Fish Feb 3, 2015 TV
  • Drama
  • Romance
None Legal US
Criminal Minds The Crossing May 7, 2008 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
ER Shades of Gray Apr 24, 1998 TV
  • Drama
  • Medical
None Legal US
Law and Order: SVU Impulsive Oct 9, 2007 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Burden of Truth Burden of Truth Ducks on the Pond Sep 12, 2018 TV
  • Drama
None Legal Non-US

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