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In poll, most favor 20-week abortion limit

But majority not for restrictions against clinics

WASHINGTON — By a 2-to-1 ratio, Americans say they would prefer to impose limits on abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy rather than the 24-week mark established under current law, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The difference was stark, with 56 percent opting for the earlier threshold and 27 percent backing the standard. Another 10 percent volunteered they would prefer to outlaw abortion in the United States altogether or limit it earlier than 20 weeks after fertilization.

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