Almost half of voters want to repeal the Eighth Amendment


ALMOST HALF OF Voters want to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according to a new opinion poll.

Some 47% of those polled for the Behavior & Attitudes / Sunday Times opinion poll want the amendment repealed, while 29% do not and 21% are unsure.

Since the last poll was held in March, support for repealing the amendment has fallen by two points, while support for its retention has increased by two points, undecided voters have increased by one point and the number of people who say they do not vote is down by one point to 3%.

When undecided voters are left out, the results are 62% to 38% in favor of repeal.

Similar levels of support on either side were recorded in an Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI published on Friday. The results of this poll were as follows: 47% in favor of repeal, 28% against, 20% uncertain and 4% did not respond.

Oireachtas Committee

The Eighth Amendment, Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, grants equal constitutional status to mother and unborn child and effectively prohibits abortion from taking place legally in most scenarios in Ireland.

In December, the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment – which was responsible for reviewing the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations on the subject – voted to repeal the Eighth. It is recommended that unrestricted abortion be legal until 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Members of all parties came to the majority decision after hearing testimony from medical and legal experts, as well as personal stories, over the course of three months.

Pro-life organizations and committee members repeatedly accused him of being biased, with the majority of witnesses in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment. Senator Catherine Noone, chair of the committee, and other members denied the allegations.

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