See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on views toward abortion in the United States and around the world.

ReligionSeptember 22, 2014

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.

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GlobalApril 15, 2014

Global Views on Morality

The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues. Use this interactive to explore the median responses for each question across the 40 countries.

ReligionSeptember 19, 2013

Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality

Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.

ReligionAugust 15, 2013

Abortion Viewed in Moral Terms

Most Americans think that having an abortion is a moral issue, but the public is much less likely to see other issues involving human embryos – such as stem cell research or in vitro fertilization – as a matter of morality.

ReligionJuly 31, 2013

The new legal battlefield over abortion

Forty years after Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion are far from over. In 2013 alone, state legislatures have enacted more than 40 new provisions aimed at restricting abortion access.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 29, 2013

Widening Regional Divide on Abortion

While just over half of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, there remain regional differences. Opposition to legal abortion remains highest in the South and lowest in the New England.

ReligionJune 25, 2013

As Texas considers new abortion restrictions, polls show complex debate

Abortion opponents in the Texas state legislature have been busy this week trying to pass a bill aimed at banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The proposal, which passed the House on Monday, is now facing a Democratic filibuster in the state Senate. If the Senate approves it before the end of the legislative session at midnight and Republican Gov. Rick Perry (as promised) signs it, Texas would become the 13th state in recent years to enact such a restriction.

ReligionJune 4, 2013

Cuomo’s Proposal Aims to Protect Late-Term Abortion Access in NY

After months of anticipation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a proposal that seeks to guarantee access to abortion in the third-largest U.S. state.

ReligionMay 22, 2013

Contraception Coverage Mandate Back In Spotlight

Over the past year or so, several dozen business owners have sued the federal government over a provision in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to include free coverage of contraceptive services in their employees’ health insurance plans.

ReligionApril 5, 2013

N.Y., Washington State Consider Bucking Trend on Abortion

The two states consider measures that run counter to a recent, nationwide trend toward imposing more restrictions on abortion.