Ireland may be on the brink of legalizing abortion on demand, according to a new poll.
However, the new Irish Times/MBRI poll also shows that hope remains for the unborn as support for abortion continues to drop.
On May 25, Ireland is scheduled to vote on whether to retain its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.
If the repeal passes, lawmakers will consider a bill to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and later in a broad range of circumstances.
The Business Insider reports 47 percent of Irish voters now say they will vote to repeal the pro-life Eighth Amendment, while 28 percent will vote to retain it; and 20 percent are undecided.
Here’s more from the report:
When the same poll asked in January whether voters would support a change allowing the government to legislate for abortion on request up to 12 weeks – the regime it hopes to introduce after the vote – 56 percent were in favor and 29 percent against.
However Friday’s poll showed a strong conviction among those who have already declared their support for reform, with four in five voters saying they would “absolutely never” change their mind.
Furthermore, 30 percent of undecided voters said they were “leaning towards” repealing, twice as many as were leaning toward keeping the amendment.
Support for change was strongest among younger voters, women and those living in urban voters.
Cora Sherlock, a spokeswoman for the Pro Life Campaign, described the poll as “devastating” for the pro-abortion campaign.
“The latest poll shows that the public are starting to turn away in their droves from the radical proposal for abortion on demand put forward by the government. At this stage in the debate, a 9 point drop for Simon Harris’ proposal is devastating for the yes side. #LoveBothVoteNO,” Sherlock wrote on Twitter.
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Support for legalized abortion has dropped steadily since Irish politicians released their plan to legalize abortion on demand earlier this year. A poll by Red C in March found 56 percent would vote to repeal, while 26 percent would vote to retain – also a major drop from its polling in January.
After the March poll came out, Niamh UiBhriain of Save the 8th told the Mirror that the poll numbers are encouraging.
“One trend is clear both in polling, and from our experience talking to real voters – the more the public find out about this abortion proposal, the less they like it,” UiBhriain said. “That is reflected in [the] poll, which is welcome news. But there is much more work for us to do to make sure voters are informed about the consequences of a yes vote on May 25.”
Pro-life advocates have been working hard against a biased media and and huge, illegal donations from rich American businessmen who are intent on pushing Ireland to adopt abortion on demand. Pro-life volunteers have been knocking on doors across Ireland to save the Eighth Amendment and thousands of unborn babies’ lives. Tragically, many of their efforts at outreach have been met with hostility and vandalism by abortion activists.