Thursday, October 27, 2005

Some good news from across the pond

Most British favor abortion restrictions, poll shows

London, Oct. 26 ( - Solid majorities of British residents believe abortion is too common, and favor restrictions on the practice, a new poll shows. Support for curbs on abortion is strongest among women and young people.

More than 80 percent of those questioned in an October survey said that the number of abortions performed in Great Britain each year is "too high" at 200,000, and "ways should be found of reducing this number."

A slightly less robust majority-- 62 percent-- said that they would support an effort to tighten the current law, which allows for unrestricted abortion up to the 24th week of pregnancy. And as medical science makes it possible for ever-younger babies to survive, an overwhelming 89 percent said that the law should be reviewed regularly in light of medical advances.

Significantly, the poll found that support for lowering the gestational age limit for abortion was heaviest among respondents between the ages of 18 to 24, with 75 percent favoring greater restriction. Support for the lower age limit was also higher among women (66 percent) than men (58).

The survey of 1,005 adults was conducted by the CommunicateResarch opinion firm, on behalf of the pro-life group Alive & Kicking.