The majority of people in Ireland want abortion decriminalised, according to the findings of a new poll, which also revealed that the majority of those questioned were unaware that the procedure is a criminal offence.
The poll, carried out for Amnesty International by RED C Research and Marketing, shows that 81% of people in Ireland are in favour of significantly widening the grounds for access to legal abortions in Ireland, with 45% favouring unrestricted access to abortion. 64% of people questioned did not know it is a crime to get an abortion in Ireland when a woman’s life is not at risk, and less than one in 10 knew the penalty for having an unlawful abortion in Ireland is up to 14 years imprisonment.
The findings of the poll, based on 1,000 telephone interviews carried out in May, found that just 7% agreed that women should be imprisoned for up to 14 years for having an unlawful abortion and only 13% of people agreed that doctors who carry out the procedure should be imprisoned for the same length of time.
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