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Attitudes to abortion in Australia: 1972 to 2003

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posted on 2017-05-04, 05:44 authored by Betts, Katharine
Since the October 2004 Federal election Australia has embarked on a new abortion debate. Some commentators suggest that public opinion has turned away from a pro-choice position. However the new 2003 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes shows this is not so: 81 per cent of Australians are pro-choice and only nine per cent are definitely anti-choice. This and other surveys show that the only strong constituencies for change are among some evangelical Christians and some Coalition candidates in Federal elections. Women of child-bearing age are overwhelmingly pro-choice Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 12, no. 4 (2004), p. 22-28. ISSN 1039-4788

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