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- First abortion plotline on television: Another World, 1964
- First primetime abortion plotline: Maude, 1972
- First post-Roe abortion plotline: All My Children, 1973
- Often called the first legal abortion on TV, but Maude’s took place in NYC, which legalized abortion pre-Roe.
- Notable instances of women seeking abortions and choosing to sustain the pregnancy: Melrose Place, 1992; Beverly Hills, 90210, 1994; Felicity, 1999; Dawson’s Creek, 2000; Sex and the City, 2001; The O.C., 2004; Sons of Anarchy, 2010
- Notable instances of women seeking abortions and miscarrying: Party of Five, 1996; Dawson’s Creek, 2000; Grey’s Anatomy, 2006
- In a 2012 episode of Girls, a character schedules an abortion only to learn that she is not pregnant.
- Notable instances of abortion being treated as a normal part of life: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 2017
- Arguably, Erica Kane’s decision on All My Children, 1973, falls under this category as well
- A Timeline of Abortion Stories in U.S. Popular Media
- How Abortion on Television Has Changed In the Last 55 Years
Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.