Many people who disapprove of abortion nevertheless think it should be legal

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1165 (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1165
  1. Ann Furedi, Director (bct@birthcontroltrust.org.uk)a
  1. a Birth Control Trust, 16 Mortimer Street, London W1N 7RJ

    Editor—Ross misunderstands the findings of the recent poll on abortion.1 2 There is no contradiction between the finding that 64% of people agree with the statement that “abortion should be made legally available for those who want it” yet just 34% approve of abortion when the woman cannot afford to have a child and 42% approve when she does not want a child for whatever reason.

    It is possible to disapprove of abortion while still maintaining that it should …

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