Abortion Rights Blog

The national pro-choice campaign

83 per cent support a woman’s right to choose

Results released in advance of the 40th anniversary abortion legislation 23 October 2007

A new GfK/NOP opinion poll confirms that an overwhelming majority of people in Britain (83%) support a woman’s right to decide to have an abortion.

Abortion Rights said:
‘40 years ago, parliament decided it was no longer acceptable for women to die and be maimed from illegal ‘back street’ abortion. The 1967 Abortion Act was a landmark advance in women’s rights that, along with the introduction of the contraceptive pill, has allowed women incalculable advances in their economic, social and educational position. An overwhelming majority support the freedoms that this has brought. 40 years on women’s rights should be advanced not subject to renewed attack by the minority that have always opposed all abortion.’

Media information, briefings, interviews: 020 7923 9792

Notes to editor:
An GfK/NOP telephone survey of 1000 adults in England, Scotland and Wales was conducted between 19 and 21 October, who were asked about their view of abortion and the law in Britain. For a full copy of the poll questions and results, contact the Abortion Rights office

Q1. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, which led to legal abortion in Britain. Do you think that a woman should or should not have the right to decide to have an abortion? Yes should have the right – 83 % No should not have the right – 13 % Don’t know – 4%