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Abortion, Decision-Making

Who has the right to make decisions about abortion - the woman? The father? The government?


Below are 33 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 3 types:

GovernmentParental ConsentWho Decides?

GovernmentThis question type focuses upon whether or not the government should be involved/interfere with the right to have an abortion.

  • PRIVMAT from Middletown Area Study, 1989LEARN MORE
    • Decisions about divorce and abortion are private matters, and we should not pass laws that regulate these matters. Do you: (PRIVMAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRIVMAT from Middletown Area Study, 1990LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? Decisions about divorce and abortion are private matters, and we should not pass laws which regulated these matters. (PRIVMAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South KoreaLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ABSTANAT from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Do you think the question of whether abortion should be legally permitted is something that should be decided at the national level, or is it something that each state should decide for itself? [Answered only if FORM = 1.] (ABSTANAT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of PentecostalsLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in BrazilLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in ChileLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in KenyaLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in NigeriaLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in GuatemalaLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the PhilippinesLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of IndiaLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South AfricaLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOV_ABOR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United StatesLEARN MORE
    • Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements: the government should not interfere with a womans ability to have an abortion. (GOV_ABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Parental ConsentThis question type asks a girl under 18 should be required to obtain parental consent before having an abortion.

  • DECABORT from Survey On the Beliefs and Moral Values of Americas Children, 1989LEARN MORE
    • Suppose a teenage girl gets pregnant. She wants to have an abortion and so has sought the medical advice of her doctor. She has discussed this at great length with her parents, but they are opposed to it. Who should have the final say in this situation? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (DECABORT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ABORT PRNT from American National Election Studies, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Would you favor or oppose a law in your state that would require a teenage girl under age 18 to receive her parents permission before she could obtain an abortion? (ABORT PRNT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ABORT SPRN from American National Election Studies, 2000LEARN MORE
    • IF R FAVORS ABORTION LAW REQUIRING MINORS PARENTAL PERMISSION/IF R OPPOSES ABORTION LAW REQUIRING MINORS PARENTAL PERMISSION: Strongly or not strongly? (ABORT SPRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CONSENT from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • For/Against: What about a law requiring parental consent before a female under the age of 18 can have an abortion? (91, 97, 99, 04) (CONSENT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CONSNT_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009LEARN MORE
    • Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose requiring that women under the age of 18 get the consent of at least one parent before they are allowed to have an abortion? (Q145C) [Note: CONSNT_A was read immediately before DIFFAB_A for random respondents.] (CONSNT_A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • LPARCONS from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • Here is some legislation on abortion that is being considered in some states. Please indicate whether you mostly favor or mostly oppose the following proposals: a. requiring that women under 18 years of age get parental consent before they are allowed to have an abortion. (LPARCONS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VIEWABOR from News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005LEARN MORE
    • Do you favor or oppose requiring that women under the age of 18 get the consent of at least one parent before they are allowed to have an abortion? (VIEWABOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Who Decides?This question type asks the respondent if a particular individual/group should have a voice in the decision to have an abortion.,

  • IPWOMAN from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. A. The pregnant woman (IPWOMAN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPFATHER from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. B. The unborn babys father (IPFATHER) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPMDPERS from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. C. The pregnant womans personal or family physician (IPMDPERS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPMDABRT from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. D. A doctor at an abortion clinic (IPMDABRT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPCOUNAB from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. E. A counselor at an abortion clinic (IPCOUNAB) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPCOUNAD from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. F. A counselor at an adoption agency (IPCOUNAD) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPCHURCH from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. G. The womans church or religious community (IPCHURCH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPPASTOR from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. H. Her pastor, priest, or rabbi (IPPASTOR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPLAW from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. I. The law, the courts, and the judge (IPLAW) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPSTAGOV from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. J. The state government (IPSTAGOV) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPFEDGOV from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. K. The federal government (IPFEDGOV) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IPPATEEN from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • When decisions are being made about abortions, a variety of people or groups may want to have some input. For each of the following, I want you to tell me how much of a voice, if any, you think they should have in the abortion decision. L. The parents of a pregnant girl who is under 18 years of age (IPPATEEN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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