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UK polling on abortion

WHERE DOES THE UK STAND ON ABORTION?

In May 2017 SavantaComRes undertook the most extensive UK polling in a decade on abortion.

The results show a consensus on the issue with only 1% support for pro-choice campaigners’ goal to introduce abortion up-to-birth. Instead, the vast majority of the population show strong support for a range of common sense policies that they believe would improve on our current approach to abortion in the UK.

 
1 sex selective 1

SEx-SELECTIVE ABORTION RESTRICTIONS

 

89% of the general population and 91% of women agree that gender-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law. limit for abortion should be reduced.

 

10 time limit 1

TIME LIMIT
PROTECTIONS

 

60% of the general population and 70% of women believe that the current 24-week gestational limit for abortion should be reduced.

4 counseling 1

INDEPENDENT
COUNSELLING

 

93% of women agree that a woman considering abortion should have a legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision.

3 preg support 1

PREGNANCY
SUPPORT

 

79% of the general population and 84% of women agree women who want to continue with their pregnancies, but are under financial pressure to have an abortion, should be given more support.

 

5 cool off 1

CONSIDERATION
PERIODS

 

79% of the general population support the introduction of a five day cooling off period to ensure that a women considering an abortion has had enough time to consider all of the options available to her.

6 parental support 1

PARENTAL
INVOLVEMENT

 

65% of the general population and 70% of parents agree parental or guardian consent should be required for girls aged 15 or under to undergo an abortion.

7 funding 1

WITHDRAWING UK
FUNDING OF OVERSEAS
ABORTIONS

 

65% of the general population oppose tax-payer money going to fund abortions overseas.

 

8 medical 1

FREEDOM OF
CONSCIENCE FOR
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

 

56% of the general population agree that doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion should not have to participate in abortion procedures against their will.

9 coercion 1

coercion
protectionS

 

76% general population agree that doctors should be required by law to verify in person that a patient seeking an abortion is not under pressure from a third party to undergo the abortion.

SavantaComRes interviewed 2,008 British adults online between 12th and 14th May 2017. Data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults. SavantaComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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