According to a survey of 25 countries carried out by Ipsos, less people think abortions should be permitted is Europe, while more people agree in Latin American and Asian countries. In the U.S., the number of people supporting abortion climbed up steadily, but fell back to 2014 levels this year.
The biggest increase could be seen in South Korea, with 20 percent more agreeing that abortions should be legal in 2020 than in 2014. Around the world, support for legal abortions varied between 48 to 88 percent, with the exception of Malaysia where only 24 percent agreed.
Despite the decrease in Europe, countries in the region still recorded the highest rates of support for abortion. Germany, which saw support for abortion fall 9 percent in six years, is now ranked behind South Korea, Australia and Canada. Support in Europe and the U.S. took a dip in 2020 while this was not generally the case elsewhere.
According to Ipsos, the drop in support for abortion in some places could be traced to anti-abortion advocates criticizing abortion providers for staying open during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that abortions did not constitute essential care and lobbying for centers to shutter.