Americans are now evenly divided on whether abortion should be legal, according to surveys by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Forty-seven percent said abortion should be legal all or most of the time and 44 percent that it should be illegal. In previous years, 54 percent supported legal abortion and 40 percent did not. Pollsters also found an increase in Americans who agree that reducing abortions is a good idea, from 59 percent in 2005 to 65 percent in 2009.
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