Most Lithuanians oppose abortion ban

Asked whether they would agree to a ban on abortion, 17.2 percent of respondents replied in the positive, while 59.8 percent were categorically against and another 23 percent said they would support a ban with certain exceptions relating to women’s health and sexual violence.

Older people and those with lower education were more likely to support abortion ban, while women and people between 26 and 45 with higher education more often expressed the oppositve view.

According to the survey, 68 percent of those polled think the abortion ban would not lead to higher birth rates in Lithuania, including 41.3 percent who think that women would seek illegal procedures or go to get abortions abroad. Twenty-seven percent think that people would use contraception more. Another 14.4 percent of respondents said a ban on abortion would lead to higher birth rates.

The poll of 1,007 respondents was carried out by Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) public opinion and market research company on April 17-25.

In Lithuania, abortions are currently allowed up to 12 weeks into pregnancy.

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