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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
Filthy Rich Filthy Rich James 4:1 Nov 16, 2020 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US
My Little Assassin Oct 12, 1999 TV
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Liar Liar White Rabbit Oct 11, 2017 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Adverse physical outcome Illegal Non-US
Murdoch Mysteries Shades of Gray Mar 10, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Mystery
Adverse physical outcome, Death Illegal Non-US
Empire Empire Tell the Truth Oct 15, 2019 TV
  • Drama
  • Musical
None Legal US
The Fosters Mother Jul 21, 2014 TV
  • Drama
  • Young Adult
Positive health outcome Legal US
Law and Order Dignity Oct 23, 2009 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
None Legal US
Special Special Cerebral LOLzy Apr 12, 2019 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
Cold Case Volunteers Mar 8, 2004 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Legal
Illegal US
Yellowstone Yellowstone Cowboys and Dreamers Jul 19, 2020 TV Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Insecure Insecure Ghost-like Sep 30, 2018 TV
  • Comedy
None Legal US
True Detective Other Lives Jul 19, 2015 TV
  • Crime
  • Drama
Adverse physical outcome Legal US
Masters of Sex Masters of Sex Fallout Dec 1, 2013 TV
  • Drama
None Illegal US
Shameless A Great Cause Mar 18, 2012 TV
  • Drama
None Legal US

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