8 key findings about Catholics and abortion

BY DALIA FAHMY
OCTOBER 20, 2020

As the Senate prepares to vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, public attention has focused on her Catholic faith and, in particular, her stance on abortion rights.

Some critics, citing Barrett’s past rulings on abortion, have questioned her views on Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to abortion. Others have connected Barrett’s legal opinions to her embrace of Catholic teachings, which prohibit abortion. During Senate hearings last week, Barrett declined to give specific answers about her stance on Roe v. Wade, saying that she does not have “any agenda.” If she is confirmed, Barrett will be the sixth Catholic justice on the court.

Continued: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/20/8-key-findings-about-catholics-and-abortion/


Little enthusiasm in Canada and U.S. for heating up abortion debate: poll

Mario Canseco / Glacier News
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

For weeks, it seemed that the issue of abortion, which used to dominate the airwaves in political campaigns in the United States, would not be a feature of this year’s presidential election. Americans are more preoccupied with other matters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and race relations, to ponder rules and regulations regarding pregnancy termination.

In Canada, our reintroduction to this topic happened during the Conservative Party’s leadership race, after eventual winner Erin O’Toole was criticized for his “pro-choice” stance. The governing Liberal Party will not remotely consider changes to the status quo, especially after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to support abortion rights in the last federal campaign.

Continued: https://www.vancourier.com/little-enthusiasm-in-canada-and-u-s-for-heating-up-abortion-debate-poll-1.24207263


European nations see small drop in support for abortion rights

By Mathieu Pollet 
19/08/2020

A growing number of people in Europe are opposed to the right to abortion, according to a new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI.

Although the poll, which took in 17,500
people from 25 countries revealed that 70% believed that abortion should be
permitted - 2% lower than in 2014, when the survey was first conducted - the
number of people who supported abortion rights declined in eight European
nations.

Germany, France and Spain saw a 9%, 6% and 5% drop respectively since 2014.

Continued: https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/19/european-nations-see-small-drop-in-support-for-abortion-rights


3 In 5 Urban Indians Favor Legalization Of Abortion: Ipsos Global Advisor Survey

The global survey shows some countries have highly favourable views towards abortion, as it gives women the right to choose, whether to keep the baby or not.

18 August, 2020
by BW Online Bureau

According to a new global survey by Ipsos in 25 countries, at least 3 in 5 Indians (63%) favour legalization of Abortion in India. While 1 in 4 (24%) were not in favour of legalisation of abortion.

Commenting on the findings, Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India, said, “Abortion in India is still a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). But the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971 which was further amended in January 2020, allows women to abort under certain circumstances. It empowers women about their rights. The survey too endorses these rights of women. Though 1 in 4 urban Indians oppose it. It’s not that they do not want these rights, but it is more to avoid misuse for female infanticide.”

Interestingly, at least 7 in 10 global citizens favour legalization of Abortion.

Continued: http://www.businessworld.in/article/3-In-5-Urban-Indians-Favor-Legalization-Of-Abortion-Ipsos-Global-Advisor-Survey/18-08-2020-310090/


USA – White evangelicals distinct on LGBTQ rights, abortion

White evangelicals distinct on LGBTQ rights, abortion
White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on how the government should act on these politically divisive issues.

Jan. 2, 2020
By Associated Press

White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on how the government should act on two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll of Americans from various faith backgrounds.

Asked about significant restrictions on abortion — making it illegal except in cases of rape, incest or to threats to a mother’s life — 37 percent of all Americans responded in support, according to the poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Those abortion limits drew 39 percent support from white mainline Protestants, 33 percent support from nonwhite Protestants and 45 percent support from Catholics, but 67 percent support from white evangelical Protestants.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/white-evangelicals-distinct-lgbtq-rights-abortion-n1109446


Twice as many care about NI abortion law changes than Irish language act: Poll

Twice as many care about NI abortion law changes than Irish language act: Poll

Published: Monday 14 October 2019

Almost twice as many people in Northern Ireland are more concerned about changes to abortion laws than an Irish language act, a survey has suggested.

The poll, commissioned by anti-abortion campaign group Both Lives Matter, found that 49% of those asked identified the need to safeguard legal protections for the unborn child, up to 28 weeks into pregnancy, as the most compelling reason for Stormont to be restored.

Continued: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/health/twice-as-many-care-about-ni-abortion-law-changes-than-irish-language-act-poll-1-9104897


Australia – Children Among Anti-Abortion Protesters At Liberal Party State Council Meeting

Children Among Anti-Abortion Protesters At Liberal Party State Council Meeting

Fri 06 Sep 2019

More than 100 protesters gathered outside the NSW Liberal Party State Council meeting, where an urgency motion to condemn legislation to decriminalise abortion in NSW was defeated.

Dozens of parents and children have chanted anti-abortion messages at MPs entering a Liberal Party State Council meeting amid tightening tensions over a move to decriminalise terminations in NSW.

Continued: https://10daily.com.au/news/a190907nrfka/children-among-anti-abortion-protesters-at-liberal-party-state-council-meeting-20190907


Essential poll: majority of NSW voters support removing abortion from criminal code

Essential poll: majority of NSW voters support removing abortion from criminal code
Poll finds 71% of voters support proposal as debate is set to resume in the upper house

By Brinkwire
on August 19, 2019

A majority of voters in New South Wales either strongly support or somewhat support removing abortion from the criminal code, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.

With debate on the proposal set to resume in the upper house, the latest survey shows 71% of voters in the sample support the change (44% strongly and 27% somewhat) with only 17% against the change (8% somewhat oppose and 9% strongly oppose). A total of 12% of those polled were unsure.

Continued: https://en.brinkwire.com/canada/essential-poll-majority-of-nsw-voters-support-removing-abortion-from-criminal-code/


More evidence that abortion bans are widely unpopular

More evidence that abortion bans are widely unpopular

By Jennifer Rubin
August 13, 2019

A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute finds a majority of Americans (54 percent) think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 25 percent think it should be illegal in most cases, and only 15 percent think it should be illegal in all cases. “Although a few states such as Alabama and Missouri have recently passed laws that — should they survive court challenges — would make abortion illegal with virtually no exceptions, there is no state in which more than one-quarter of residents say abortion should be illegal in all cases,” the polls finds. “States with the largest proportion of residents who say abortion should be illegal in all cases include: Louisiana (23%), Mississippi (22%), Arkansas (21%), Nebraska (21%), Tennessee (21%), Kentucky (20%), and North Dakota (20%). In all other states, including Alabama (16%) and Missouri (19%), fewer than one in five think abortion should be illegal in all cases.”

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/13/more-evidence-abortion-ban-are-widely-unpopular/


Gay marriage and abortion: Why are there different laws in Northern Ireland?

Gay marriage and abortion: Why are there different laws in Northern Ireland?

July 23, 2019

The strict laws on abortion and the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are set to change.

A bill bringing laws more in line with the rest of the UK, where access to abortion is easier and same-sex marriage is legal, has passed its final stage in Westminster.

How does Northern Ireland differ?
At the moment, same-sex marriage is not legal and access to abortion is severely restricted.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49009056