Poll Shows Majority of People Worldwide Oppose Abortion on Demand

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 18, 2020   |   5:57PM   |   Washington, DC

People do not support abortions as much as the abortion industry would have society believe.

Through the decades, poll after poll have found that most people believe abortions are wrong in at least some circumstances – a sign that they recognize unborn babies have value.

A new global abortion poll from Ipsos found that support for abortion is shrinking in many countries, including Europe, The Washington Post reports.

According to Ipsos, less than half of those polled (44 percent) think that abortions should be permitted “whenever a woman decides she wants one,” the position of the abortion industry.

The report claimed 70 percent think that “abortion should be permitted,” but a closer look at the poll shows that only 44 percent support abortions “whenever a woman decides she wants one.”

Though that number is still high, the poll found that support for abortion on demand is down 5 percent from 2016 and 2 percent from 2014.

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Here’s more from the report:

[A] look at Ipsos’s seven-year trend data suggests that views on abortion are not as settled as one might imagine for a debate that has played out over generations. In South Korea, for example, the rate of acceptance has seesawed dramatically between 2014 and 2020, rising and falling by double digits from year to year; whereas in Mexico the rate of acceptance has gradually risen from 51% to 64%, despite a slight dip in 2015.

Perhaps the most surprising finding is the number of countries, many in Europe, where acceptance of abortion has declined over the years, in some cases quite significantly …

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 support 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.

Ipsos polled 17,500 adults in 25 countries.