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(12/03/07) -

Britons Decidedly Pro-Choice on Abortion

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The majority of people in Britain believe women should have the right to decide whether they want to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, according to a poll by YouGov. 63 per cent of respondents think it should be legal for a woman to have an abortion if she wants it.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The majority of people in Britain believe women should have the right to decide whether they want to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, according to a poll by YouGov. 63 per cent of respondents think it should be legal for a woman to have an abortion if she wants it.

Abortion has been legal in Britain since 1967. The time limit for legal abortions is currently set at 24 weeks, or roughly six months into a pregnancy. British women do not have to pay for an abortion if they qualify for the procedure under the terms of the National Health Service (NHS).

Earlier this year, a group of members of Parliament called for a stricter time-limit on abortions. Any change to existing regulations would be subject to a vote in the House of Commons.

On Oct. 30, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee released a report, saying there are no scientific grounds to support tighter limits for abortion in Britain. The report read: "The Committee concludes that while survival rates at 24 weeks (…) and over have improved since 1990, survival rates (viability) have not done so below that gestational point. (…) The Committee concludes that there is no scientific basis—on the grounds on viability—to reduce the upper time limit."

Polling Data

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? – It should be legal for a woman to have an abortion when she has an unwanted pregnancy

Agree

63%

Disagree

14%

Neither

16%

Don’t know

4%

Prefer not to say

3%

Source: YouGov
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,983 British adults, conducted from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2007. No margin of error was provided.