Abortion opinion in emerging democracies: Latin America and Central Europe

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We compare the attitudes of mass publics toward abortion in three Latin American countries (Mexico, Uruguay, and El Salvador) and two countries in Central Europe (the Czech Republic and Poland). We find that, at the level of the mass public, attitudes toward abortion are significantly related to attitudes toward gender roles in Mexico, Uruguay, and the Czech Republic, but not in El Salvador and Poland. Conversely, attitudes toward euthanasia and homosexuality are significantly related to abortion attitudes in all five countries.


Comparative Politics | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political Science | Women's Studies