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(11/01/06) -

Americans Ponder Sides in Abortion Debate

- Adults in the United States remain divided on the topic of pregnancy termination, according to a poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates released by Newsweek. 53 per cent of respondents sympathize with the pro-choice movement, while 39 per cent support the right-to-life side.

- Adults in the United States remain divided on the topic of pregnancy termination, according to a poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates released by Newsweek. 53 per cent of respondents sympathize with the pro-choice movement, while 39 per cent support the right-to-life side.

The survey shows a four-point drop in the percentage of pro-choicers, while the number of right-to-lifers increased by five points.

The 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling 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.”

On Oct. 30, Republican California congressman Duncan Hunter announced he would explore a potential presidential bid in 2008, declaring, “This is going to be a long road, it’s a challenging road, there’s going to be some rough and tumble, but I think it’s the right thing to do for our country.” Hunter has always voted in favour of right-to-life proposals in the House of Representatives.

Polling Data

Which side of the political debate on the abortion issue do you sympathize with more: the right-to-life movement that believes abortion is the taking of human life and should be outlawed; or the pro-choice movement that believes a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body, including deciding to have an abortion?

Oct. 2006

Nov. 2005

Pro-Choice

53%

57%

Right-to-Life

39%

34%

Neither

3%

5%

Unsure

5%

4%

Source: Princeton Survey Research Associates / Newsweek
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,002 American adults, conducted on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2006. Margin of error is 4 per cent.