Brazil: opinion on the incarceration of women due to abortion 2007-2018

In August of 2018, almost 60 percent of survey respondents in Brazil said that they believed women who have abortions should be prosecuted and be given a jail sentence. The percentage of respondents who advocate for the criminalization of women due to abortion has risen particularly in comparison to 2007, when only 43 percent of the people interviewed agreed with that. In Brazil, abortion is decriminalized in three cases: if the pregnancy is a result of rape, if performing an abortion is the only way to save the woman's life, or if the fetus suffers from anencephaly.

Public opinion on the criminalization of women who undergo abortions in Brazil from 2007 to 2018

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Release date

August 2018

Region

Brazil

Survey time period

Between March 2007 and August 2018*

Number of respondents

8,433 respondents

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* In 2018, the survey was conducted between August 20 and 21.

In Brazil, abortion is decriminalized in three cases: if the pregnancy is a result of rape, if performing an abortion is the only way to save the woman's life, or if the fetus suffers from anencephaly.

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