Northern Ireland backs abortion after rape or incest

Nearly two-thirds of Northern Irish people polled (62 per cent) thought abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest, according to a Family Planning Association (fpa) survey.

The strong support for women’s right to choose is contrary to the myth that people in Northern Ireland do not want to see abortion available under any circumstances, according to the charity formerly known as the Family Planning Association.

On Wednesday there will be a vote on an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill to extend the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

20 per cent in the survey said abortion should not be legal in cases of rape or incest, 17 per cent did not know.

A total of 690 men and women aged 18 to 55 years took part in the poll last month.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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