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(12/23/05) -

More in U.S. Believe Abortion Should be Legal

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many Americans consider their country’s regulations regarding pregnancy termination are adequate, according to a poll by TNS released by the Washington Post and ABC News. 57 per cent of respondents think abortion should be legal in most or all occasions, while 40 per cent believe the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many Americans consider their country’s regulations regarding pregnancy termination are adequate, according to a poll by TNS released by the Washington Post and ABC News. 57 per cent of respondents think abortion should be legal in most or all occasions, while 40 per cent believe the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases.

A Supreme Court ruling in 1973 gave American women the right to an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, and regulated the procedure during the second trimester “in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health.” In the third trimester, a state can choose to proscribe abortion, except when necessary “for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.”

Yesterday, vice-president Dick Cheney cast the tie-breaking vote in the upper house in order to pass a deficit-reduction bill. The Senate was divided 50-50 on the bill, which now heads back to the House of Representatives. If passed, the legislation would cut federal spending growth by almost $40 billion U.S. over the next five years.

During the debate on the Senate floor, Democratic New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed reservations, saying, “I sadly predict that if this measure stays in the bill [to impose new fees on Medicaid recipients] the number of abortions will go up, the human and financial costs will go up, and many women will be really out of luck.”

Polling Data

Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?

 

Dec. 2005

Apr. 2005

Dec. 2004

Legal in all cases

17%

20%

21%

Legal in most cases

40%

36%

34%

Illegal in most cases

27%

27%

25%

Illegal in all cases

13%

14%

17%

Source: TNS / Washington Post / ABC News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,003 American adults, conducted from Dec. 15 to Dec. 18, 2005. Margin of error is 3 per cent.