Most women want lower abortion limit, poll finds

An overwhelming majority of women want the abortion limit lowered, and 65 per cent of Britons say using taxpayer money on abortions abroad is wrong, according to a new poll.

The findings also revealed that almost 80 per cent of people support a five day ‘consideration period’ before an abortion, as is the case in the Netherlands.

Nearly nine in ten people believe sex-selective abortions should be explicitly illegal.

Independent counselling

The poll was commissioned by the Where do they stand? group which encourages people to find out politicians’ views on issues including abortion, assisted suicide and embryo research.

In Great Britain, abortions generally can take place up to 24 weeks but disabled children can be aborted up to birth.

According to the poll, only one per cent of respondents support the abortion limit being raised to birth – something being pushed for by one of Britain’s largest abortion providers, BPAS.

Almost nine in ten supported a woman’s “legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision”.

Lower abortion limit

Results from the poll included:

• 70 per cent of women want the current time limit for abortion to be lowered;

• 60 per cent of respondents think the abortion limit should be reduced to 20 weeks or below;

• 21 per cent believe it should be lowered to 12 weeks;

• 65 per cent oppose taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas;

• 84 per cent of women want improved pregnancy support for women in crisis;

• 76 per cent of Britons want doctors to verify that women are not being coerced into abortion;

• 70 per cent of parents want the introduction of parental consent for girls who are 15 and under;

The poll was carried out by ComRes which questioned 2,008 British adults online between 12th and 14th May 2017. Data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults.


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Election Briefing 2017 offers analysis of party policies on many issues where important Christian principles are at stake and where biblical principles directly apply.

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