ROI majority for abortion legislation

Protesters outside Leinster House after the death of Savita Halappanavar

Eight out of 10 people in the Republic of Ireland support legislation on abortion where the mother's life is in danger, according to a new poll.

Sunday, 02 December 2012
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The survey was conducted by the Sunday Business Post newspaper and Red C Poll.

Over 1,000 voters, surveyed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, were asked if they supported legislation for the X Case, allowing abortion where the mother's life is threatened, including by suicide.

The X Case occurred 20 years ago, involving a teenager who became pregnant after being raped.

She confessed to having suicidal thoughts and wanted to go to England for an abortion due the procedure being illegal in Ireland. However, a High Court injunction banned this.

The Supreme Court eventually ruled that a woman had the right to seek a termination if her life was in danger. However, no legislation has ever been put in place.

Ten per cent of those polled said they would not support it while 5% said they didn't know.

The poll comes just weeks after a public outcry in Ireland, and around the world, over the death of a pregnant Indian dentist at a Galway hospital after suffering a miscarraige and septicaemia.

Savita Halappanavar's husband Praveen has claimed that his wife was refused an abortion because there was a foetal heartbeat present while his wife was miscarrying.

She was 17 weeks pregnant when she died on 28 October.