Friday 9 December 2016

We need a calm, truthful debate about abortion

Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30

A pro-choice protest march on Dublin's O'Connell Street last year
A pro-choice protest march on Dublin's O'Connell Street last year

Many activists are putting pressure on the Government to reform the anti-abortion laws.

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However, there can be no meaningful public debate about reform when a recent poll carried out by Red C for Amnesty International revealed that 64pc of people are unaware that abortion in Ireland is a crime when a woman's life is not at risk, and when less than 10pc are aware that the penalty for such a crime is up to 14 years in prison.

There is a clear and urgent need to raise awareness, and address misinformation and misconceptions through the provision of accurate, unbiased, factual information about the legal and practical application of the law in Ireland.

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