23.02.16: PLC not surprised by results of latest poll on abortion

23.02.16: PLC not surprised by results of latest poll on abortion

General Election 2016

“When the stories from a pro-life perspective start to be heard, the polls will start to turn in a pro-life direction” – Sherlock

The Pro Life Campaign has said they are “not in the least bit surprised by the results of the latest poll on abortion given how one-sided the presentation of the issue is in the media at present.” The Ipsos MRBI poll which appears in today’s Irish Times states that 64% of those polled favour a referendum to dismantle the 8th Amendment, which provides the only remaining legal protection for the unborn child.

Commenting on today’s poll, Pro Life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock said:

“We are not in the least bit surprised by the poll results given how one-sided the presentation of the issue is in the media at present. No politician or journalist could honestly say that the debate we are having is even remotely fair. The stories of women who regret their abortions are being shut out of the debate. So are the stories of families who came under intense pressure from medics to abort their child with a life limiting condition but refused.”

Ms Sherlock said: “The way the issue is being presented in the media is shaping up to become a big story in itself. Giving prominent coverage to five or six pro-choice stories a week with no balancing pro-life voice is not a debate; it is nothing more than straightforward campaigning. For pro-choice groups to then feign surprise when a poll emerges showing support for their position is just another part of the sham debate. When the stories from a pro-life perspective start to be heard, the polls will start to turn in a pro-life direction.”

ENDS

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