See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on views toward abortion in the United States and around the world.
Nearly six-in-ten Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases
Today, 58% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 37% think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
Irish vote highlights widespread popular support for legal abortion in Western Europe
Two-thirds of Irish adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, a level of support reflected in a recent vote in Ireland on legal abortion.
American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion
Many Many Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and members of some evangelical churches say abortion should be illegal. But among other religious groups, many support legal abortion.
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.
5 facts about abortion
As the debate over abortion continues, here are five key facts about Americans’ views on the topic.
About seven-in-ten Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade
More than 40 years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, 69% of Americans say the historic ruling should not be completely overturned.
Women drive increase in Democratic support for legal abortion
The share of Democrats saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases has risen since earlier this year, driven primarily by a rise in support among Democratic women.
In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy
Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.
Where major religious groups stand on abortion
Abortion is still a difficult, contentious and even unresolved issue for some religious groups.
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.