See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on views toward abortion in the United States and around the world.
5 facts about abortion
Public opinion on abortion has held relatively steady over the years, with Americans roughly divided on the issue.
Where major religious groups stand on abortion
Abortion is still a difficult, contentious and even unresolved issue for some religious groups.
Public Opinion on Abortion
A series of graphics explores public opinion on abortion, illustrating how opinion differs among various demographic groups, including religious, political, age and gender groups.
On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties
As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]
How abortion is regulated around the world
The regulation of abortion may vary widely from country to country, but nearly all nations – 96% – allow women to terminate their pregnancies in order to save their lives.
Worldwide Abortion Policies
Analysis of United Nations data shows only six of 196 countries do not allow women to receive abortions under any circumstances.
Most Say Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding
Six-in-ten Americans say any budget deal must maintain funding for the organization. More would blame Republicans (40%) than Democrats (26%) if no deal is reached and the government shuts down.
What’s a sin? Catholics don’t always agree with their church
Almost nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics believe that some actions are offensive to God, but many American Catholics don’t agree with church teachings on what constitutes sinful behavior.
10 facts about religion in America
It’s a fascinating time for conversations about faith in the United States, with Pope Francis set to visit, a presidential election on the horizon and major trends reshaping the country’s religious landscape.
Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning
Nearly three-quarters of Americans now think religion is losing influence in American life, and most who say this also see it as a bad thing. Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics.