The Pro Life Campaign has said it is not in the least bit surprised by the results of an opinion poll on abortion published in today’s Sunday Independent. Among the key results of the Millward Brown poll are: 56% of the public support a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment; 60% support abortion in the case of threatened suicide; 69% support abortion where the woman is pregnant as a result of rape.
Commenting on the poll, Pro Life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock said:
“I’m not in the least bit surprised by these results. Take abortion in the case of threatened suicide, nobody can deny that in recent weeks abortion in this situation has been repeatedly presented in the media as a life saving treatment. The reality is very different. Not only is there no medical evidence to support abortion in this case, there is much peer-reviewed evidence highlighting the adverse mental health consequences of abortion for women. But for some pro-choice campaigners evidence counts for absolutely nothing in this debate.
Ms Sherlock said: “My concern is not with today’s poll results but with the unbelievably one-sided debate that is going on in the media at present on this issue. It is a pretend debate not a real one.
“It is disgrace that abortion in the case of threatened suicide is now being presented without qualification as a necessary medical treatment when it is nothing of the sort. It is also very disturbing that the baby at the centre of the latest abortion controversy, who is currently struggling to stay alive in an Irish hospital, has been treated as a nobody in most of the coverage rather than a unique human person with dignity and rights.
“If the public were asked in a poll ‘do you support the repeal of the Government’s new abortion law which allows abortion up to birth, based on no medical evidence,’ it would reveal an entirely different picture. It would not be a loaded or misleading question to ask. It merely reflects the reality of what is now legal.”