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New polls show that minority of British public support abortion being available to 20 weeks

According to the latest polling, while 65% of the population in the UK support abortion being available up to 14 weeks, only 39% support abortion being available up to 20 weeks.

Polling from Ipsos released this month shows that only 39.8% of the British population and 38.7% of women in the country think abortion should be legal during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Support for abortion in Britain up to 20 weeks gestation was lowest in London with only 32.7% of Londoners in support.

Abortion is legal up to 24 weeks in the UK

Abortion in the UK is legal up until the 24th week of pregnancy (unless the child is disabled in which case it is available up to birth). This polling demonstrates that there in not majority suppor for abortion being available up to 20 weeks, which is 4 weeks below the current gestational time limit of 24 weeks. 

Among  European Union countries, the median average abortion limit is 12 weeks gestation.

Earlier polling from Savanta ComRes showed 2017 showed similar results with 60% of the general population and 70% of women believe that the current 24-week gestational limit for abortion should be reduced to 20 weeks or below.

While abortion is legal in England and Wales up to 24 weeks, the outcome for even extremely premature babies is improving all the time. Earlier this year, John Wyatt, Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London and also Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics & Perinatology at University College London, presented evidence to parliamentarians from the UK and across the world showing “that there has been a steady improvement in the chances of survival of babies born at 22 and 23 weeks gestation since the Abortion Act was last amended [in 1990]”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said: “Polling on abortion has consistently shown that the abortion law in Britain is out of step with public opinion. Only 1% of the population agrees with abortion extremists that abortion should be available up to birth”.

“Ipsos polling confirms that only a minority of the British population support abortion being available up to twenty weeks. As more babies are born before the abortion limit and go on to survive, the case against the current abortion limit gets stronger all the time. Of course every abortion is a tragedy and should not happen, and hopefully as the public becomes evermore aware of the reality of abortion, support for increasingly pro-life laws will increase too”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.