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(10/29/07) -

Americans Differ on Legality of Abortion

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Opinions on abortion have different nuances in the United States, according to a poll by Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. 31 per cent of respondents think pregnancy termination should always be legal, while 13 per cent think the procedure should be allowed most of the time.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Opinions on abortion have different nuances in the United States, according to a poll by Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. 31 per cent of respondents think pregnancy termination should always be legal, while 13 per cent think the procedure should be allowed most of the time.

Conversely, 40 per cent of respondents say abortion should be made illegal except in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother’s life, and 10 per cent think the procedure should be outlawed without any exceptions.

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."

In April, a Supreme Court ruling effectively banned partial birth abortion—a procedure performed in the late-term of pregnancy when the fetus can survive outside the womb—without making an exception for the health of the mother.

On Oct. 26, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who is seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2008, said fellow GOP contender Rudy Giuliani will lose support along the race for his views in favour of abortion and gay rights. Romney referred to Giuliani’s proposal of keeping close tabs on abortion legislation without banning the practice, saying, "I think being pro-life is more than saying you’ll appoint strict constructionist judges. (…) I think (Giuliani’s) positions are not entirely aligned with the mainstream Republican voter."

Polling Data

Which comes closest to your view on abortion: Abortion should always be legal, or should be legal most of the time, or should be made illegal except in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother’s life, or abortion should be made illegal without any exceptions?

Always legal

31%

Legal most of the time

13%

Illegal, with exceptions

40%

Illegal without any exceptions

10%

Don’t know

6%

Source: Bloomberg / Los Angeles Times
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,209 American adults, conducted from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.