USA – Think abortion rights is a “divisive” issue? Only to the political class

Think abortion rights is a "divisive" issue? Only to the political class
Yes, a fundamentalist minority passionately opposes abortion, but most Americans want it to be legal and accessible

Amanda Marcotte
January 17, 2019

The ascendance of Brett Kavanaugh means that the Supreme Court now likely has the fifth vote necessary to overturn or gut Roe v. Wade, making it possible not just for the states but Congress to end legal abortion. The media narrative around this fight will likely, as it has for decades, portray abortion rights as a "divisive" issue that splits Americans right down the middle, suggesting that any overturn of Roe, however unsettling and unfortunate it may be, still reflects widespread popular sentiment.

This narrative would be wrong. In reality, opposition to abortion rights — like opposition to premarital sex, contraception or gay rights — is only a fetish for a minority of Americans involved in fundamentalist Christian subculture. While a fair number of Americans may express ambivalence about abortion, just as they might still feel shame about premarital sex or discomfort around LGBTQ people, ultimately they prefer a system that values sexual freedom and the right to privacy.

Continued: https://www.salon.com/2019/01/17/think-abortion-rights-is-a-divisive-issue-only-to-the-political-class/

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In the U.S. and Europe, women are about as likely as men to favor legal abortion

In the U.S. and Europe, women are about as likely as men to favor legal abortion

By Ariana Monique Salazar and Kelsey Jo Starr
December 14, 2018

Organizations that advocate for legal abortion often frame it as a women’s rights issue. But in many European countries and the United States, women do not differ significantly from men in their views about abortion, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from 34 European nations and the U.S.

In Europe, regardless of the overall support for legal abortion, women and men in 27 of the 34 countries surveyed do not differ significantly in their views about whether abortion should be legal. For example, roughly three-quarters of women and men in Germany say this (76% and 77%, respectively). The same is true in countries with lower overall support for legal abortion, like Greece, where 45% of both adult men and women say abortion should be legal.

Continued: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/12/14/in-the-u-s-and-europe-women-are-about-as-likely-as-men-to-favor-legal-abortion/

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Jamaica – ONLINE POLL RESULTS: 51% says no to legalising abortion

ONLINE POLL RESULTS: 51% says no to legalising abortion

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Of the 203 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll, 51 per cent said no to the Jamaican Government legalising abortion.

Government Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, on October 9, opened a debate in the House of Representatives on her motion seeking to have abortion made legal in the island.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE_POLL_RESULTS:_51_says_no_to_legalising_abortion?profile=1228

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New Zealand – Abortion survey: 66% support women’s right to choose

Abortion survey: 66% support women's right to choose

Tuesday 30 October 2018
By Regan Paranihi

New Zealand's first Gender Attitudes Survey shows that 66% of New Zealanders agree that a woman should have the right to choose whether or not she has an abortion while 14% disagreed.

A further 15% of New Zealanders were neutral and 5% didn't know.

Continued: https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/abortion-survey-66-support-womens-right-choose

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N. Ireland – Majority want abortion decriminalised in North

Majority want abortion decriminalised in North

Rebecca Black
October 11 2018

Most Britons and a large majority of people in Northern Ireland want abortion to be decriminalised in the North, two new opinion polls have shown.

A total of 65 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland agreed that terminating a pregnancy should not be a crime, while 78 per cent of Britons were in favour of decriminalisation.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/majority-want-abortion-decriminalised-in-north-z22tth8dv

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Polls show broad support for Northern Ireland abortion reform

Polls show broad support for Northern Ireland abortion reform
By Lianne Kolirin, CNN
Oct 9, 2018

Story highlights
- 78% of British people would like to see abortion decriminalized in Northern Ireland, a poll found
- 65% of those living in Northern Ireland believe that having an abortion should not be a crime

(CNN)Nearly two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland -- and more than three-quarters of the UK public -- believe that abortion should be decriminalized in the country, according to polls released Wednesday by Amnesty International.

Pregnancy terminations are illegal in Northern Ireland, except in cases in which the mother's life or health is at risk. The 1967 Abortion Act, which broadly legalized the procedure in the rest of the UK, has never been extended to Northern Ireland, where an 1861 law still stands.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/health/northern-ireland-abortion-polls-intl/index.html

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Friendly Reminder: It’s 2018 And Abortion Is Still A Crime In NSW

Friendly Reminder: It’s 2018 And Abortion Is Still A Crime In NSW
by Sam Langford
11 September 2018

Well, it turns out that more than three quarters of people in NSW aren’t aware that abortion is still a criminal offence Australia’s biggest state. Here’s your grim reminder that yep, NSW still hasn’t gotten around to legalising abortion. Actually, NSW Parliament voted to keep abortion in the Crimes Act just last year.

A new study by the University of Sydney and James Cook University, published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, surveyed NSW residents about their knowledge of abortion law. It turns out that popular understanding is wildly out of step with the actual law — the survey found that 76 percent of respondents had no idea that abortion is a criminal offence in NSW, and that 73 percent thought abortion should be decriminalised and regulated as a healthcare service.

Continued: http://junkee.com/abortion-crimes-act-nsw/174798

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Australia – Three-quarters of people in NSW unaware abortion remains a criminal offence in state

Three-quarters of people in NSW unaware abortion remains a criminal offence in state
Survey finds 89% support legal changes to protect women seeking abortion from harassment

Michael McGowan
Mon 10 Sep 2018

Three-quarters of people in New South Wales are unaware that abortion remains a criminal offence in the state and almost as many believe it should be regulated as a healthcare service, a study has found.

Published on Tuesday in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, a survey of more than 1,000 people in NSW found that the vast majority of voters in NSW remain largely unaware of the legal status of abortion in the state.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/11/three-quarters-of-people-in-nsw-unaware-abortion-remains-a-criminal-offence-in-state

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Gallup poll: Americans evenly split on abortion

Gallup poll: Americans evenly split on abortion

By Ed Adamczyk
June 11, 2018

Americans remain split on the question of whether abortion should be legal in the United States, a Gallup survey showed Monday.

The annual Values and Beliefs poll shows 48 percent oppose abortion -- and 48 percent support the practice.

Continued: https://www.upi.com/Gallup-poll-Americans-evenly-split-on-abortion/8521528731089/

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How Europe Feels About Abortion

How Europe Feels About Abortion

Niall McCarthy
May 30, 2018

Ireland has made history by voting to repeal its ban on abortion. The Yes campaign won with 66.4 percent with all but one of the country's constituencies voting to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution. The result underscores the findings of a recent Pew Research Center report which also put Irish support for abortion at 66 percent.

As can be seen from the following infographic which is based on the report's findings, Ireland's historic vote puts it in line with the rest of Western Europe on support for abortion. Net favourability is strongest in Northern Europe at 94 and 92 percent in Sweden and Denmark respectively. Portugal has the strongest level of opposition at 34 percent.

Infographic: How Europe Feels About Abortion  | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Continued: https://www.statista.com/chart/14037/how-europe-feels-about-abortion/

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