Ireland poll favors constitutional protection for the unborn
A poll conducted recently in Ireland showed that 70 percent of Irish people would like their constitution to protect the unborn and ban abortion.
The survey, funded by Ireland’s Pro-Life Campaign and carried out by Millward Brown Lansdowne, recorded the opinions of nearly 1000 people aged 18 and older from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6.
The poll revealed that only 13 percent opposed protection for the unborn, while some 16 percent were undecided.
The survey also revealed that respondents were okay with Ireland’s current medical ethics and laws which allow intervention in case a mother’s life is endangered by her pregnancy.
The Pro-Life Campaign’s Dr. Berry Kiely highlighted the fact that the poll distinguished necessary medical interventions in pregnancy from induced abortion which directly targets the unborn child.
“This is a critical ethical distinction which abortion advocates constantly seek to blur,” Kiely said.
“Abortion advocates ignore the humanity of the unborn child throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy and the latest research highlighting the negative consequences of abortion for women.We cannot arbitrarily airbrush the unborn child out of the debate, or the many testimonies of women who regret their abortions.”
“To deny the right to life simply because the unborn child is at an early stage of development completely undermines an authentic vision of human rights,” Kiely commented.
Ireland is currently listed as the safest country in the world for pregnant women by the latest U.N. survey on maternal health.
Other countries where abortion is banned are Chile, El Salvador, Malta, Nicaragua and Bangladesh.