Abortion supported by 84% of Lithuanians

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More than 84 percent of Lithuanians said they could justify abortion as an acceptable course of action in unwanted or dangerous pregnancies, a survey has shown.

The country has taken a conservative path on abortion, banning it except in cases where the mother’s health is in danger or if she conceived the child during sexual molestation.  (However, the legislation banning abortions has not been passed in Lithuania – the Lithuania Tribune)

The survey, ordered by Delfi.lt and conducted by Spinter tyrimai, showed that 36.3 percent believe a woman must decide what is right for her, while another 48 percent said abortion could be justified for personal reasons, maternal health factors or other reasons.

In fact, the country’s conservative law on abortion was only supported by 9.2 percent of respondents to the survey, who could not justify abortion. Another 6.5 percent did not have a formed opinion.

Women in the 36-45 age bracket with higher education and living in major cities were most likely to agree with abortion, while those opposed to it were most likely to be elderly with low education living in low income areas.

Statistics show that abortion is becoming less and less common in Lithuania, particularly since laws surrounding it were tightened. Last year there were 8,024 abortions while in 2008 there were 9,031 and in 2007, 9,596.

The survey was conducted from June 16-23 taking the opinion of 1,009 people aged between 18 and 75 years old.

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