Magazine article Conscience

Increased Support for Abortion in Ireland

Magazine article Conscience

Increased Support for Abortion in Ireland

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A POLL RECENTLY CONDUCTED in Ireland shows strong support for allowing women's access to abortion in that country. The Irish Family Planning Association announced that the YouGov poll's results reflect a "significant shift in public attitudes," with more than three-quarters of respondents supporting a woman's right to an abortion in the case of a health risk, rape, abuse or incest. Forty-four out of 47 European countries provide for abortions to protect women's health, but abortion is legal in Ireland only when there is "real and substantial risk" to the pregnant woman's life. That hasn't limited women from trying to obtain abortions. Since 1980, at least 138,000 women have traveled from Ireland to Great Britain for abortion services. More still have traveled to other countries to obtain an abortion, the IFPA reported.

The YouGov survey also showed 87 percent of respondents believe termination of pregnancy should be allowed if the pregnancy seriously endangers a woman's life, and 62 percent believe termination of pregnancy should be allowed if the fetus shows a profound abnormality.

Another Catholic View of Abortion

In May, Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Decide/CDD Mexico) launched a national campaign titled "Another CathoIic View of Abortion" in collaboration with more than 100 state-level civil society organizations. Its aim was to inform Catholics in nine states that there was no single position on abortion that had existed throughout Catholic history. …

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