Ipsos poll: Support growing for legalization of abortion in Latin America

A recent Ipsos poll found a significant increase in Latin American support for the legalization of abortion. A range of countries polled with higher support, including Argentina (+15 to 79%), Brazil (+11 to 64%), Chile (+8 to 73%), and Mexico (+8 to 59%). 

According to Ipsos analysis, “Those who, instead, say that abortion should be permitted in certain circumstances, such as when a woman has been raped, are not a majority in any country, but they are a plurality in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, and Peru — all predominantly Catholic countries.”

Similarly, the Bioethics Research Library suggests that other Latin countries maintain anti-abortion policies. “A pro-life attitude is followed especially in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica which abortion is prohibited under any circumstances,” the library wrote. Support for abortion is influenced by religion, access, and lawmakers. 

The Ipsos poll found a divide between men and women’s support of abortion across the globe, including throughout Latin America. “In nearly every country, women are generally more likely than men to say that abortion should be permitted whenever a woman wants one — 50% vs. 43%, on average across the 27 countries,” read the report.

Ipsos also suggested survey results were influenced by the education levels across countries. The press release read, “The samples in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey are more urban, more educated, and/or more affluent than the general population. The survey results for these countries should be viewed as reflecting the views of the more ‘connected’ segment of their population.”

The increase also contrasts a decline in Western Europe’s support for abortion, along with legislation in the US. Numerous American states, including Texas and Arkansas, recently passed restrictive abortion measures. For instance, heartbeat bills prohibiting abortion after a detectable heartbeat, which is typically identified around the six-week mark. Despite anti-abortion legislation, there is growing support for abortion between facilities like Planned Parenthood, fetal research, and activism




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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