Several European countries see marked decreases in support for abortion

by Peter Heck · Sep 11th, 2020 7:41 am

Last Updated Sep 12th, 2020 at 1:55 am

A new Ipsos survey shows that support for the practice of abortion is shrinking in several nations around the world. While overall, worldwide support for legal abortion only shrank by 2 percentage points since 2014 — from 72% to 70% — there were substantial drops in key European countries.

Germany registered the largest drop, a full nine points, from 85% support to 76%. France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom also all recorded decreases abortion between one and six percentage points.

A handful of countries outside of Europe saw increases in their public support of the practice. South Korean support for abortion increased dramatically, a full 20 points, from 59% to 79%.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, and Canada also registered increases, but all remained below the worldwide average of 70%.

The United States remained steady at 64% support for some form of legal abortion.


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