Contrary to impressions given in the media, by professional bodies such as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and by most parliamentarians, an overwhelming majority of Britons actually want to make it harder for women to get abortions, a new poll reveals.

It is particularly striking how much support there is among women for lowering the time limit for abortion, which currently stands at 24 weeks. Of the 70 per cent of women who want the limit lowered nearly six in ten are in favour of a limit of 16 weeks or fewer and 41 per cent actually want it 12 weeks or fewer.

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