The poll, which
was carried out in four Spanish regions, reveals that 97% of Spaniards
believe abortion has negative consequences for at least one of parties
involved in the act and that 78% believe the government’s campaign to
prevent unwanted pregnancies has been a failure. 42% believe
abortion has negative consequences for all the parties involved.
82% of those
polled said an increase in government assistance to pregnant women
would help diminish the number of abortions in the country.
Based on the
results of the poll, the Institute argued that Spaniards appear to be
largely unaware of the magnitude of abortion, although they do
recognize that it is one of the main causes of mortality in
Spain. This was evidenced by the small percentage of
respondents—16%--who were aware that the number of abortions in Spain
was more than 85,000.
said they believed economic reasons were the primary motive behind most
abortions, followed by loneliness and unwanted pregnancies.
respondents said preventive policies should include, above all, the
promotion of alternatives to abortion, as well as information about its
consequences for women. Most said women who obtain abortions do so
without sufficient knowledge of the physical and psychological
said preventive policies should be based on recognition of the
importance, personal and social value of childbirth, pregnancy and
maternity, and should include an increase in the public resources
dedicated to helping pregnant women and providing them with complete
and accurate information.
According to the
president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, in
2004, there were 84,985 abortions in Spain—which translates to one
abortion every 6.2 minutes and one out of every six pregnancies ending
The poll was
developed by a team of experts and sent to 600 respondents in the four
regions of Spain where most abortions take place: Madrid, Catalonia,
Andalusia and Valencia.
Institute for Family Policy in Spain this week presented the results of
a poll that shows strong support for reversing the Spanish government’s
policies related to abortion and assistance to pregnant women.