In the wake of the controversy and public uproar over the death of Savita Halappanavar, which pro-choice groups have erroneously used as a rallying cry to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws, the latest SBP poll reveals that a clear majority of the Irish people are still opposed to any changes in the law that would introduce 'abortion on demand in Ireland'. The figures:
36% support "A constitutional amendment to allow for legal abortion in any case where a woman requests it" - in other words, 'abortion on demand'.
63% would support "A constitutional amendment to limit the X case, by excluding a threat of suicide as a grounds for abortion, but still allowing abortion, where the mother's life is threatened outside of suicide."
The latter appears to be contradicted by the figure of 85% wanting legislation for X including suicide, however it can be explained by the order of the poll questions - if this question was first, people may have assumed it would be the only question on X case legislation and would reluctanly choose yes even though they did not like suicide as an option but gave a greater weight to the mother's life being at risk full stop. However, had people been given a menu of options about X case legislation, the poll would not appear to be contradictory and support for legislating excluding suicide may actually have been slightly higher than 63%.
82% would support "A constitutional amendment to extend the right to abortion to all cases where the health of the mother is seriously threatened and also in cases of rape."
The Sunday Business Post
In summary, people are firmly opposed to 'abortion on demand' but appear conflicted when the issues of suicide and rape are introduced.