Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows


Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

Survey reveals just 24% back legalised terminations in all cases up to 22 weeks, ahead of planned referendum next year
Pro-choice protesters marching through Dublin

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Friday 6 October 2017

Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found.

As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.

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Northern Ireland: Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals


Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

Seanín Graham
17 June, 2017

AN OVERWHELMING majority of people in Northern Ireland believe abortion should be legalised in cases where a woman's life is at risk or when a fatal condition will result in the death of her baby, a major new study has revealed.

Ulster University researchers also discovered huge support for terminations in cases of rape and incest, while many respondents were opposed to women being prosecuted for buying online abortion pills.

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Most of Northern Ireland strongly backs abortion law reform, survey finds


Most of Northern Ireland strongly backs abortion law reform, survey finds

Three in four people back legal abortions for women pregnant through rape or incest and in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

Friday 16 June 2017

A large majority of Northern Ireland’s population are in favour of reforming the region’s strict anti-abortion laws and back legal terminations for women made pregnant through sexual violence, a new survey has found.

Nearly 80% of the public in the region believe abortion should be legal when a woman has become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, according to the latest Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey.

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New poll says Irish public want abortion laws to change… but only in certain cases


New poll says Irish public want abortion laws to change... but only in certain cases
According to the Irish Times/Ipsos Mori poll, most people don’t favour unrestricted access to abortion, however.
May 27, 2017

THE IRISH PUBLIC favours a change to the current abortion laws but differs significantly from the recommendations made by the Citizens’ Assembly on the matter, according to a new poll.

The poll, by the Irish Times/Ipsos Mori, says an overwhelming majority feel that abortion should be legal on grounds such as pregnancy as a result of rape or when a serious risk is posed to the health of the woman.

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Ireland: Campaigners in abortion debate reject idea of replacing Eighth Amendment


Campaigners in abortion debate reject idea of replacing Eighth Amendment
Poll showed 38% support for constitutional change allowing greater access to abortion

Fri, Mar 3, 2017
Pat Leahy

Pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners had a similar reaction to one of the findings of Thursday’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on abortion, both sides rejecting the idea of replacing the Eighth Amendment with another, less restrictive article on abortion in the Constitution.

The poll found that 38 per cent of respondents favoured replacing the Eighth Amendment, which underpins Ireland’s strict ban on abortion, with another constitutional amendment that would allow greater access to abortion.

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New Zealand Is Pro-choice on Abortion


New Zealand Is Pro-choice on Abortion

February 23, 2017
Terry Bellamak

This Opinion piece is by Terry Bellamak, National President of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ)

It’s official. This government is out of step with New Zealanders on abortion. Bill English has made his views clear.

As a devout Catholic, he opposes decriminalising abortion. But the people he hopes will vote for him later this year think differently.* The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) recently commissioned a poll on attitudes to abortion to find out two things:

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New Zealand: More than half NZers back legalising abortion – survey


More than half NZers back legalising abortion - survey
20 February 2017

Sally Murphy

More than 50 percent of people think an abortion should be legal if the woman does not want to be a mother or cannot afford another child, a new survey shows.

The Abortion Law Reform Association survey of 1000 people asked if abortion should be legal in seven different circumstances.

It found only 14 percent of people correctly estimated around one in four women have had an abortion.
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Australia: Most want abortion to be decriminalised: Survey


Most want abortion to be decriminalised: Survey
The Courier-Mail
February 20, 2017

MORE than 80 per cent of Queenslanders back decriminalisation of abortion.

A survey of 1201 adults by Fair Agenda found 82 per cent agreed it should be legal for a woman, in consultation with a medical professional, to terminate her pregnancy.

It also found 60 per cent of respondents would be less likely to support an MP who voted to keep abortion as a crime.

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72% of Russians Against Abortion Ban – Poll


Oct. 25 2016 — 15:32
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Seventy-two percent of Russians are against a total ban on abortion, which is three percent more than last year, a poll published by the state-run pollster VTsIOM revealed on Tuesday. Only eighteen percent of respondents – same amount as in 2015 – believe such a ban should be instituted, the study showed.

The number of Russians that are against excluding abortion from the state-funded health insurance, has also grown from 59 percent in 2015 to 70 percent in 2016. At the same time, the number of people who think that abortion should not be a state-funded procedure, lowered from 25 percent in 2015 to 21 percent in 2016.

Nine percent of female respondents said they had an abortion. More than half of the respondents – 51 percent – believe that poor financial conditions are the main reason why women resort to abortion.

The poll was conducted between Oct. 15 and 16 in 46 Russian regions among 1,600 respondents. The margin of error does not exceed 3.5 percent.

Source: Moscow Times

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Ireland: Majority want politicians to be ‘proactive’ on abortion – poll

Amnesty Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman. Nearly four out of 10 people are in favour of allowing women the choice to access abortion in Ireland, a poll for the organisation suggests. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.


The Irish Times by Elaine Edwards
Survey carried out for human rights group Amnesty suggests 69% see abortion as priority for next government

Almost two thirds of people in Ireland believe politicians should deal “proactively” with the issue of widening access to abortion here, a new poll suggests.

The Amnesty International/Red C poll suggests some 87 per cent of people are in favour of expanding access to abortion, with 72 per cent wanting it decriminalised.

Some 55 per cent agreed that expanding access to abortion should be a priority for the next government. A total of 80 per cent agreed that women’s health should be the priority in any reform of Ireland’s abortion law.

Some 72 per cent believed that the fact that women must travel for abortions unfairly discriminated against those who cannot afford to or were unable to travel.

More than half (55 per cent) of people described Ireland’s abortion laws as “cruel and inhumane”. This rose to 68 per cent when the ‘don’t knows’ and those who are neutral are excluded.

A majority (66 per cent) of those polled said it was “hypocritical” that the Constitution banned abortion here but allowed women to travel abroad for one.

Some 73 per cent agreed the government should hold a referendum to allow people vote on whether or not to remove the 8th amendment, which gives effect to the abortion ban.

But some 52 per cent also said they did not know enough about the 8th amendment to know how they would vote on it and said the media should give better information.

A total of 48 per cent polled agreed strongly with the statement that they would vote yes to remove the 8th amendment. A further 11 per cent agreed slightly with the statement.

Some 54 per cent in total said they would vote yes to removing the 8th amendment only if there was legislation putting in place reasonable restrictions on access to abortion.

The most trusted sources of information on abortion were medical professionals (69 per cent) and women who have had abortions (62 per cent). The least trusted were politicians (7 per cent), media outlets (14 per cent), anti-abortion groups (16 per cent) and church leaders (16 per cent).

Just 14 per cent of respondents were aware that having an abortion when the woman’s life was not in danger is a criminal offence carrying a potential 14-year prison sentence.

Amnesty said on Friday that people in Ireland had made clear that the incoming government must make expanding access to abortion a priority.

Executive director of Amnesty International in Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, said the poll demonstrated “yet again, that on the issue of abortion, Ireland’s people are way ahead of their political leaders”.

“Despite the dishonest efforts of many opposed to reform, the poll found that 80 per cent of people are aware that women have a right to access abortion in certain circumstances under international human rights law,” Mr O’Gorman said.

He said the poll revealed that “far from this being a divisive issue as some suggest”, people in Ireland were “clear and solid in their support of increased access to abortion”.

Mr O’Gorman asked that those who form the next government “do not, please, spin the narrative again that this is a divisive issue and that Irish people don’t know what they think”.

Presenting the results, Red C Research and Marketing managing director Richard Colwell said that contrary to what might have been assumed, people’s religion did not significantly impact on their views on abortion.
“In fact, 82 per cent of those who consider themselves religious agreed that their religious views should not be imposed on others. Only one in five people (20 per cent) who consider themselves to be religious say that they have “very conflicted” views on abortion because of their religion.”

The Pro Life Campaign said the findings were “much more ambivalent and uncertain” than the way they had been presented.
Deputy chair Cora Sherlock noted the poll suggested the public trusted the voices of women who have had abortions more than other participants in the debate.

“The experiences of women who regret their abortions must be given a proper hearing going forward.,” she said.

The poll, conducted by Red C on February 1st to 3rd and February 18th to 22nd, aimed to establish “a deeper understanding of public attitudes to Ireland’s laws on abortion”.

A nationally representative sample of over 1,000 people was polled on each occasion. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results weighted to the profile of all adults.


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