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Right to choose abortion

28th November 2006

The number of people who believe women have the right to an abortion has fallen, according to a new survey.

The majority of people still believe in a woman’s right to choose, but a new Mori poll has shown 63 per cent support it now, compared to 65 per cent of those questioned five years ago.

The survey of more than 2,000 people found while most men approved of ‘social’ abortions – those carried out where neither mother or baby are at risk of death or disability - women were less convinced.

In the past decade abortions have risen by 20 per cent. In 2005 there were 199,019 abortions.

The survey was carried out on behalf of Bpas, the UK's largest abortion provider, which wants to see the current rules, based on 40-year-old legislation, relaxed.

This includes allowing nurses to dispense the abortion pill, which can terminate pregnancies up to nine weeks. They also want to see an end to the requirement that women need the agreement of two doctors to have an abortion.

The survey found opinions had mellowed on both sides of the argument, with less people taking a very strong stance for or against compared to 2001.

Support for abortion rose where there was evidence or high risk of a baby having learning difficulties, physical disabilities and if the woman was under 16.


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Article Information

Title: Right to choose abortion
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1319
Date Added: 28th Nov 2006

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