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Irish poll indicates attitudes on abortion are changing

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7300.1444/c (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1444
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    Irish attitudes towards abortion may gradually be changing judging from the results of a recent public poll released as a Dutch reproductive health clinic offering abortions, which is housed aboard a freighter, was due to reach Dublin.

    The poll, done for the Abortion Reform lobby group in the Republic of Ireland by Lansdowne Market Research, indicates that 79% of respondents would now accept women having limited access to legal abortion. Nearly half (47%) supported abortion in cases of rape or incest, and 52% supported terminations when there was a physical threat to the mother's life. One in 6 …

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