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69 percent of Americans say first-trimester abortion should be legal

Washington, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) A record-high 69% of Americans said that abortion should be legal during the first trimester of pregnancy, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

A few days before the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to withdraw the federal protection to abortion on June 24, 2022, the new poll also showed that slight majority (52%) said they identify as pro-choice.

Another 52% also said they view abortion as morally acceptable, while 41% said they view it as morally wrong.

However, Americans are almost evenly split when asked whether abortion should be legal in most circumstances or just a few; 49% said the procedure should only be available in a few circumstances or entirely illegal, while 47% said it should under most or any circumstances, the poll found.

Almost two-thirds of Americans say they support keeping the abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) available to patients with a prescription, a Gallup poll released Wednesday shows.

The survey showed 63% of respondents favor the abortion pill mifepristone being available as a prescription drug, while 35% said they were opposed to it.

The pill has come back into the public eye after a federal judge in Texas reversed the FDA approval, a decision was quickly appealed. The U.S. Supreme Court has frozen the decision, allowing the pill to remain available by prescription as the appeals process played out.

A study by Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights, published a study in 2022 that showed medication abortion accounted for more than half of all abortions in the United States in 2020. It accounted for 54% of all abortions and 53% of facility-based abortions.


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