Majority want abortion decriminalised in North: Now For NI

 

Most Britons and a large majority of people in Northern Ireland want abortion to be decriminalised in the North, two new opinion polls have shown.

A total of 65 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland agreed that terminating a pregnancy should not be a crime, while 78 per cent of Britons were in favour of decriminalisation.

The survey also found that more than two thirds of people in Northern Ireland and three quarters of people in Britain thought the UK government should act to change the law.

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Amnesty’s polls analysed the attitudes of the Northern Irish and Great British public separately to gauge opinions about Northern Irish women being subjected to an abortion law that is amongst the most restrictive in the world. These are the first major surveys of public opinion on abortion reform in Northern Ireland since the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal the eight amendment in their referendum on abortion in May.

The results show high levels of public support for abortion law change, with 65% of adults in Northern Ireland agreeing that abortion should not be a crime, and 78% of British people in favour of decriminalisation. More than two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland and three-quarters of Brits – the equivalent of 75% of the UK public - think the UK Government should act to change the law.

There is high support for reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion law amongst people of all political persuasions: 67% of DUP voters questioned agreed that having an abortion should not be a crime and 65% think that Westminster should reform the law in the absence of a devolved government; 74% of Conservative voters think the UK Government should act to change the law, as do 78% of Labour voters. 

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