The publication of the Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships on October 16th has confirmed a pro-choice trend that has been happening over the last decade.
The study has found that over 60% of people believe abortion is acceptable in certain circumstances. The study involved 7,441 adults aged between 18 and 64, found attitudes to abortion had undergone an immense change since the early 1980s.
The proportion of people stating that abortion is always wrong or never justified fell from between 70% and 90% in 1981 to between 30% and 50% in 2005.
The Minister for Health, Mary Harney said at the launch of the study 'I accept that some people support abortion in particular circumstances- when someone is raped, or is a victim of incest for example'.
According to the World Health Organisation 2005, the grounds on which abortion is permitted in member states is as follows:
On request 69%
For economic and social reasons 79%
Fetal impairment 88%
Rape and Incest 87%
To preserve mental health 90%
To save a woman's life 96%
In Ireland, we are the pro-choice majority, perhaps it's time to TRUST WOMEN to make their own decisions on abortion.