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News – US opposition to abortion rises

July 2009

US opposition to abortion rises


The latest US survey shows that the US is more opposed to abortion than for several years, marking a significant shift in opinion in recent years.

     The Gallup poll, when first conducted in 1995, revealed that abortion was supported by 56 per cent of the population, with 33 per cent opposed.

     In this year’s poll, however, 51 per cent of Americans called themselves pro-life, against 42 per cent who say they are pro-choice.

     Other Gallup figures also show that half the population considers the views of political candidates to be an important factor when voting. Most opposition to abortion is found among America’s under-30s.

     Abortion was legalised in the US in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Roe v Wade. However, the plaintiff referred to as Roe – Norma McCorvey – now opposes abortion. 

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