Public opinion on abortion rights is often framed as a binary choice between two political positions, but a closer look at new polling data from Gallup reveals more nuance. While a majority of Americans support legalized abortion in early pregnancy, most oppose it in the later stages, according to the survey. Gallup finds that 60 percent of Americans believe abortion generally should be legal during the first three months of pregnancy, known as the first trimester. That support drops by more than half, to 28 percent, once a pregnancy reaches the second trimester; it falls to 13 percent in the third trimester, at which point the fetus is often viable with medical support. Responses varied by demographics. Men and women expressed similar support for...
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Americans' Support For Abortion Rights Wanes As Pregnancy Progresses