British Poll Shows Most Oppose Late-Term Abortions, Want More Limits

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 11,

London, England ( — A new poll in England finds more than 70 percent of women there oppose late-term abortions and want the limits scaled back that currently allow them as long as 24 weeks into pregnancy. The survey also found that 90 percent of women want abortion practitioners to be required to disclose information about alternatives.

The respected polling group ComRes conducted the survey and found that 68 percent of British residents want the abortion limit cut back to 13 weeks into pregnancy.

More women support the idea versus men, with 72 percent of women wanting to reduce late-term abortions and 65 percent of men favoring the idea.

The survey also found that about 80 percent of women say there should be a waiting period between when an abortion is requested and when it can be done. They say this allows women a chance to consider alternatives.

The poll found that women, younger British residents and retirees were the most likely to support more limits on abortion.

Other findings showed:

* Another 55 percent of those polled say there are too many abortions in England and that the numbers should be reduced.

* Eighty percent of those polled say the abortion law should be reviewed regularly to keep up with medical science.

* Seventy percent support the right of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to refuse to participate in abortions. They also support the right to not be required to refer women seeking an abortion to another physician.

Wth more than 200,000 abortions last year, a record in Britain, the poll’s results could play an important part in the debate over the nation’s abortion law.

The law marks its 40th anniversary this year and the British parliament is set for a debate in the coming weeks over abortion.