Survey Shows More Europeans are Pro-Life, Oppose Killing Babies in Abortions

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 20, 2020   |   6:05PM   |   Washington, DC

A new global abortion survey found that support for abortion on demand is shrinking in several European countries as more people recognize that killing unborn babies in abortions is wrong.

UP News reports the Ipsos MORI poll found a 2-percent overall drop in the number of people who support abortions “whenever a woman decides she wants one” and larger drops in Germany, France and Spain.

According to the report, since 2014, opposition to abortions without restriction grew 9 percent in Germany, 6 percent in France and 5 percent in Spain. More people also supported the pro-life position for unborn babies in South Africa, Turkey and Peru, compared to six years ago, according to the poll.

Support for abortions is the highest in Europe. There, most countries polled above 50 percent in their support of abortions without limits. The exception was Poland, which remains strongly Catholic and continues to maintain laws that protect unborn babies from abortions in most cases.

Meanwhile, support for unborn babies’ right to life is the strongest in South and Central American countries. Brazil, Peru and Mexico polled the second, third and fourth highest after the Asian country of Malaysia in their opposition to the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Just 10 percent support abortions without restriction in Malaysia, 16 percent in Brazil and Peru and 25 percent in Mexico.

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In the United States, 34 percent support abortions without limits, while 52 percent oppose most or all abortions, according to the poll.

Ipsos MORI conducted the survey in 25 countries with 17,500 people. It asked people if they believe abortions should be permitted whenever a woman decides she wants one, only in certain circumstances such as rape, only when the mother’s life is in danger, or never permitted.

The UN News report claimed 70 percent of all those surveyed said they believe that “abortion should be permitted,” a 2-percent drop from 2014, but a closer look at the poll shows that only 44 percent support abortions “whenever a woman decides she wants one.” In contrast, 43 percent oppose abortion in most or all cases.

Interestingly, the poll numbers were very similar when broken down by age groups. The polling group noted that support for abortions was higher among people of higher education and among women.

The polling group also mentioned that, in Brazil, Chile, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Africa and Turkey, it surveyed people in areas that are “more urban, more educated, and/or more affluent than the general population.” This suggests the opposition to abortion likely is even higher than the poll shows in those countries.

The findings are consistent with U.S. polls, which show strong public opposition to the killing of unborn babies for any reason without limits.

A 2019 Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6% of Americans said abortions should be allowed up until the birth of the child, while only 8% said they should be permitted up to the third trimester.

Gallup polls show consistent support for pro-life laws as well. In a July poll, Gallup found 55% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal. The poll found just 43% of Americans take a pro-abortion position wanting all (29%) or almost all (14%) abortions legal.