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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Half Of Reproductive-Age Women Want Easier Access To Abortion Pills, Study Finds

Half Of Reproductive-Age Women Want Easier Access To Abortion Pills, Study Finds
The survey shows many women want the two medications to be available over the counter or online. Nearly half want doctors to provide the pills in advance.

By Catherine Pearson, HuffPost US
Nov 15 2018

A new national survey released Thursday shows substantial support for greater access to medication abortion among women in America.

Currently, a woman who wants to take the abortion pill — actually a combination of two drugs — must go to a medical facility where she takes the first medicine, mifepristone, in front of a clinician, and the second, misoprostol, at home some hours or days later.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/abortion-pill-access-women_us_5bec9ea8e4b09f4670066059

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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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Ireland – Survey results split over doctors opposed to abortion

Survey results split over doctors opposed to abortion

Saturday, 6 Oct 2018
By Sharon Tobin

A survey has found that respondents were split on whether doctors opposed to abortion should be obliged to refer a patient to another doctor who will carry out the procedure.

The poll of 1,000 adults was carried out by Amárach on behalf of The Pro Life Campaign, which is holding its National Conference today.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/1006/1001378-abortion-survey/

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Poland – Rising support for abortion

Rising support for abortion

May 14, 2018

In April and May pro-choice billboards with the slogan “Women in Poland demand legal abortion” have appeared in different cities and towns across Poland. This campaign was organised by an informal women’s group, which managed to gather financial means in a crowdfunding campaign. The organizers and supporters wished to protest with these billboards against manipulative messages of the anti-abortion fundamentalists and to make their voice in the public sphere more distinctive. The billboards were meant to support pro-choice people in smaller, conservative towns and to empower them to show that they possess agency and can change the reality. Their action reflects a solid and growing support for the liberalization of the anti-abortion law.

The latest opinion poll conducted by IPSOS in cooperation with OKO.press, the online portal run by investigative journalists, reaffirms some continued trends, but it also surprises with new observations. The most crucial conclusions:

Continued: http://en.federa.org.pl/rising-support-for-abortion/

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UK – RCN survey ‘signals support’ for decriminalisation of abortion

RCN survey 'signals support' for decriminalisation of abortion

2 May, 2018
By Steve Ford, News Editor

Members of the Royal College of Nursing have “signalled support” for removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy legislation, said the body in the wake of a consultation.

It revealed today that the results of a UK-wide poll of RCN members showed 73.7% of respondents had voted in favour of removing criminal sanctions from legislation relating to abortion.

Continued: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/policies-and-guidance/rcn-survey-signals-support-for-decriminalisation-of-abortion/7024312.article

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New Zealand Is Pro-choice on Abortion

New Zealand Is Pro-choice on Abortion

February 23, 2017
Terry Bellamak

This Opinion piece is by Terry Bellamak, National President of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ)

It’s official. This government is out of step with New Zealanders on abortion. Bill English has made his views clear.

As a devout Catholic, he opposes decriminalising abortion. But the people he hopes will vote for him later this year think differently.* The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) recently commissioned a poll on attitudes to abortion to find out two things:

Continued at source: Werewolf: http://werewolf.co.nz/2017/02/new-zealand-is-pro-choice-on-abortion/

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New Zealand: More than half NZers back legalising abortion – survey

More than half NZers back legalising abortion - survey
20 February 2017

Sally Murphy

More than 50 percent of people think an abortion should be legal if the woman does not want to be a mother or cannot afford another child, a new survey shows.

The Abortion Law Reform Association survey of 1000 people asked if abortion should be legal in seven different circumstances.

It found only 14 percent of people correctly estimated around one in four women have had an abortion.
Continued at source: Radio New Zealand: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/324887/more-than-half-nzers-back-legalising-abortion-survey

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Australia: Most want abortion to be decriminalised: Survey

Most want abortion to be decriminalised: Survey
The Courier-Mail
February 20, 2017

MORE than 80 per cent of Queenslanders back decriminalisation of abortion.

A survey of 1201 adults by Fair Agenda found 82 per cent agreed it should be legal for a woman, in consultation with a medical professional, to terminate her pregnancy.

It also found 60 per cent of respondents would be less likely to support an MP who voted to keep abortion as a crime.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/most-want-abortion-to-be-decriminalised-survey/news-story/cf6524931a5ed4dba29d3bbb29d730ec

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