Wednesday 20 November 2019

Over 70pc support legislation on X-case

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

A NEW opinion poll shows over 70pc of people support X-case legislation on abortion.

The findings show there is growing support for legislation on the issue.

Some 84pc of respondents in the Ipsos MRBI poll for the 'Irish Times' said abortion should be permitted where the life of the woman is at risk.

Under the draft law being proposed, the criminal ban on abortion would be retained, attracting a maximum prison term of 12 years.

However, in line with the 1992 X-case, it would not be a criminal offence for doctors to perform terminations in cases of risk to life of pregnant women arising from the threat of suicide.

The poll came as TDs were warned by the Catholic Church hierarchy to oppose the Government's forthcoming abortion legislation.

The pastoral council of the Elphin Diocese, which covers Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath, issued a statement which was read out at parish masses over the weekend.

It urged TDs to continue to uphold and defend the inherent right to life of the unborn baby.

"We respectfully call on all public representatives to oppose the Government's proposal to legislate on the basis of the 'X- case'," it said.

The forthcoming legislation will allow for abortion where the life of a pregnant mother is at risk – including on the grounds of suicide.

The statement from the pastoral council will further increase the pressure on Fine Gael TDs who are uncertain about how to vote.

Irish Independent

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