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Survey finds majority of Canadians “completely pro-choice”

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J-P Mauro - published on 12/12/22

Even among those who called their faith important to their lives, only 40% consider themselves "completely pro-life."

A new study conducted by the Angus Reid Institute asked Canadians to express their views on abortion. The survey, which was posed to 1,805 respondents, found that the majority of Canadians surveyed are unabashedly pro-choice, with a miniscule portion of the nation holding wholly pro-life views. Furthermore, even those who consider their faith to play an important role in their life are unlikely to follow pro-life ideals. 

Majority pro-choice

According to the data, just over half of Canadians (52%) consider themselves “completely pro-choice,” while the portion of those who consider themselves “completely pro-life” makes up just 8% of respondents. The remaining 41% say they are somewhere in between the two ends of the spectrum. It should be noted that the figures were rounded up to the nearest percentage point, which is why these numbers add up to 101%. 

Those who fall within the “in between” group have varying opinions on how far into a pregnancy abortion should be allowed. Over a third (36%) said that they were comfortable allowing abortions to be performed up to 15 weeks into the pregnancy. Nearly a quarter, however, said abortion should be allowed until fetal viability, between 23 and 24 weeks. Meanwhile, a solid third (33%) said they were unsure. 

Faith no guarantee

Wile faith was found to be a factor, a strong faith is no guarantee of pro-life views among Canadians. Of those who said their faith was an important factor in their lives, only 40% said they were “completely pro-life.” This group was nearly as likely (39%) to say that they were somewhere between the two stances. Over a fifth (21%) of respondents who place importance on faith consider themselves “completely pro-choice.” 

Respondents were asked to consider the rights of the unborn, especially those which have reached the fetal viability stage. Nearly three-fifths (58%) said that the mother’s rights should supersede those of the viable fetus. Only 22% responded that the rights of a viable fetus should be equal to those of the mothers. This latter response was more commonly held by men, but all demographics leaned towards rights of the woman taking precedence. 

The Angus Reid Institute noted that this is the second of a three part survey. The previous iteration focused on Canadians’ personal experiences with abortion; whether they had one or carried an unwanted pregnancy to term. The third survey will ask Canadians their opinions of abortion laws and whether the nation needs more guarantees or restrictions to abortion.

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