Third poll says public oppose abortion decriminalization in Great Britain

After 50 years of abortion, the public is less keen on “liberalizing” it than decriminalization advocates claim. Why do pro-abortion MPs keep claiming otherwise?

By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

A new opinion poll by ComRes has revealed that a large majority of the public oppose decriminalizing abortion. A total of 72 per cent of 2,000 adults interviewed for the survey wanted abortion to remain as part of a legal framework, with the existing requirement of the consent of two doctors and an upper time limit of at least 24 weeks to remain in place.

Despite constant claims by the abortion industry and their allies in Parliament that the public favors “liberalizing” abortion, this is the third poll in six months indicating that a majority opposes removing it from the criminal law. In May, another ComRes poll found that only 1% favored increasing the limit up until birth, and that women in particular supported more restrictions than there are at present.

Consistent findings

The findings were consistent with an ICM poll conducted for the recent BBC “Abortion on Trial programme with Ann Robinson.” It found that more of the public (39%) favor keeping abortion within the criminal law than those advocating decriminalization (34%), although this finding was omitted from the programme. Only a very small minority supported allowing abortion for any reason – for example, just four per cent were in favor of allowing an abortion if a woman felt that continuing with the pregnancy would get in the way of an educational or employment opportunity.

Out of touch

The new ComRes poll was commissioned by Christian Action Research and Education (CARE). Chief executive Nola Leach said: “This polling very clearly demonstrates that the public does not want the practice of abortion to operate outside of a legal framework, emphasizing that calls for abortion to be decriminalized are completely at odds with the views of the everyday British public.

“There is clearly still a mainstream view in society that abortion needs to be governed within a legal framework…It is abundantly clear that the majority of the Great British public are not behind calls for abortion to be decriminalized.”