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

U.S. PoliticsApril 30, 2009

Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion

Public attitudes on two contentious national issues — gun control and abortion — have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have largely been driven by shifts in attitudes among men.

ReligionSeptember 16, 2008

Slight but Steady Majority Favors Keeping Abortion Legal

A recent Pew survey finds U.S. opinion on this perennial campaign issue remains in line with the historical pattern.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 15, 2007

Trends in Attitudes Toward Religion and Social Issues: 1987-2007

As the ’08 elections approach, what are the views of Republicans, Democrats and the general public on “social values” issues? And how have they changed over time?

ReligionJune 6, 2007

Legal Backgrounder: The Supreme Court Charts a New Direction on Abortion Jurisprudence in Gonzales v. Carhart

A Pew Forum legal backgrounder examines the new direction in jurisprudence charted by the Supreme Court’s April 2007 ruling that the Federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act does not violate the constitutional right to abortion.

Pew Research CenterApril 30, 2007

Abortion Ruling Sets New State Battle Lines

Prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion, activists on both sides of the abortion battle are aiming their sights at state capitols, where new campaigns already are under way.

ReligionApril 19, 2007

High Court Decision Could Raise Abortion’s Profile in Campaign

Although the court did not entirely eliminate the health exception, Wednesday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding a federal law banning a controversial abortion procedure probably made the waiver less meaningful. This will almost certainly energize both sides in the abortion debate and put pressure on presidential contenders to take clearer positions on the issue.

ReligionApril 11, 2007

The Culture War and the Coming Election

No hot-button issue currently dominates in the presidential campaigns, but court decisions and other events could change that quickly.

ReligionNovember 1, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Partial Birth Abortion Cases

Revisiting a set of issues it last considered in 2000, a U.S. Supreme Court that has since become more conservative will hear oral arguments next week in two partial birth abortion cases. The changes in the court’s composition raise the possibility of a different outcome this time.

Pew Research CenterJune 22, 2006

States Probe Limits of Abortion Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court may loom largest in the legal history of abortion in the United States, but state capitols from the 1800s to today have been the crucibles of America’s evolving abortion policies. Stateline.org highlights the pivotal role that states continue to play in setting abortion policy.

March 28, 2006

A Barometer of Modern Morals

Cheating on your taxes, cheating on your spouse and other questions of right and wrong