LONDON, October 27, 2005 ( -Â Eight in ten adults in Great Britain regard Britain’s annual count of 200,000 abortions as too many and want ways to be found of reducing that figure, says a new poll conducted by CommunicateResearch on behalf of campaign group Alive & Kicking.Â

A representative sample of 1005 GB adults was polled, by the professional polling company from October 21-23. The findings, published to mark the eve of the Abortion Act’s 38th anniversary yesterday, noted that young people and women were strongest in their support for reduction of the gestational limit of 24 weeks, until which abortions are considered legal in England.Â

The poll found that of those offering an opinion more than six in ten (62%) believe the 24-week abortion limit should be lowered ‘significantly’ given that more than 80% of babies born at that age survive. Among the 18-24 age group support rises to 75% and among women support stands at 66% (compared to 58% of men).

Also attracting massive support (89%) was the proposal that the government ‘should put in place an automatic regular review of abortion law to account for advances in medical knowledge’.

“As we mark the tragedy of more than 6.2 million British abortions since the 1967 Act we can at least take comfort from the fact that younger age groups – and women – are the strongest supporters of change,” said campaign spokesman Citra Abbot.“This poll demonstrates just how out of date and out of step with public opinion the abortion law has become.”