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  • Pro-abortion demonstrators take part in a protest in front of National Congress while an abortion bill is debated in Buenos Aires

    Pro-abortion demonstrators take part in a protest in front of National Congress while an abortion bill is debated in Buenos Aires | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 April 2018

Thirty-nine percent of those polled support the right of a woman to have an abortion at any time during her pregnancy, up from 27 percent in 2017. 

More and more Argentines approve of free and legal abortions for women in the country.

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According to an annual Ipsos Public Affairs poll, this year 39 percent of those asked support a woman's right to have an abortion at any time during her pregnancy, up from 27 percent just last year and 25 percent in 2016.

Pro-abortion advocates have been gaining more and more momentum over the past several months reflected by the Argentine House of Representatives willingness to debate their bill that would allow women to terminate their pregnancy up until 14 weeks of gestation. This was the seventh time since 2007 that the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortions presented the bill to the house, but the first time it was considered for debate.

The house even held several public hearings over the past two weeks ago to listen to the testimonies of dozens pro- and anti-abortion advocates.

The Ipsos survey shows that 74 percent of Argentines either want women to be able to have an abortion at any time or at least when she has been raped - up from 66 percent one year ago.

The percentage of those who want abortion to remain illegal only in the case that a mother’s life is at risk has also decreased over the past four years, from 16 percent in 2015 to 12 percent this year. Though minimally, the number of those surveyed who want abortion banned under any circumstances dropped by two percent from 2015 to 2018, from 9 to 7 percent.

When looking at age and gender of those polled, people over the age of 50 supported safe and legal abortions 45 percent of the time, while those under 35 years were only 40 percent supportive. Overall, women advocated for the legalization of abortion more than men.

Argentine legislators hope to vote on one of the several abortion bills presented to them by June.


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