MONTEVIDEO, December 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A massive poll that queried 20,000 people in 18 Latin American countries confirms that Latin Americans continue to reject abortion in overwhelming numbers.
The poll, entitled “Public Opinion Regarding Abortion: Uruguay and Latin America,” was conducted by the Uruguayan University of the Republic. Recipients were asked to rate the justifiability of abortion on a scale of one to ten, with one indicating “never” and ten indicating “always.”
Except for Uruguay, the average response for each country was just over 2, with individual scores ranging from Guatemala with a score of 1.31 to Argentina at 2.99. The two next highest after Argentina were Mexico and Nicaragua, with respective scores of 2.53 and 2.35. Brazil and Colombia, which are the two largest countries in South America and collectively represent well over half the population of the continent, had scores of 2.27 and 1.80. The average for all of Latin America and the Caribbean was 2.1.
Uruguay, one of Latin America’s smallest countries, deviated noticeably from the rest of the nations in the study, with a score of 4.13.
The study also concluded that, contrary to the claims made by pro-abortion groups, “the individuals who justify abortion the most are men,” and added that they are typically “40 years of age or younger, with a high level of education, low level of privation of goods, low religiosity, and that do not profess the Catholic or Evangelical faith.”