Irish Times poll on abortion completely misleading say PLC

Poll claimed that 68% of people favour a referendum that would allow abortion in the case of rape or where the baby will not be born alive

The Pro Life Campaign has said the question asked on abortion in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll is “completely misleading”.

The poll claimed that 68% of people favour a referendum that would allow abortion in the case of rape or where the baby will not be born alive.

The PLC said it would welcome a public debate on the methodology and type of questions being asked on the issue of abortion. 

Caroline Simons, legal consultant to the Pro Life Campaign said: “In the question gauging support for abortion where the unborn baby has a terminal illness, the poll question clearly states that these are situations where the baby ‘will not be born alive’. 

“This is a total distortion of the true picture since no doctor can say with certainty that a baby will die in pregnancy or even in the newborn period. Prolonged survival has occurred in all of the cases commonly described as fatal,” Ms Simons said.