In an Amnesty poll launched today of UK attitudes towards abortion in the most extreme circumstances, we found that most people in England, Scotland and Wales didn’t know or wrongly assumed that the law relating to abortion was the same throughout the whole United Kingdom. When we told the respondents that in fact women and girls in Northern Ireland did not have the same rights and were forced to travel to the rest of the UK and pay for an abortion, the vast majority (76%) said that this situation was “unacceptable”.So, they weren't aware of this awful 'problem' until you told them about it? And then - although these's been no attempt to hide this information - they are OUTRAGED! when told?
Well, frankly, I'd dismiss such opinions as not worth the effort taken to collect them.
International law states that it is for each country to set “reasonable” limits to abortion and it is for those countries to decide what is reasonable (although Amnesty would say that a restriction that posed a risk to the life or long-term health of the woman was not “reasonable”).So...what's the problem,?
But we are concerned when issues such as time limits or changes to who can provide counselling services or “cooling-off periods” or restrictions on the premises where abortion can be performed are so clearly part of a long-term strategy to chip away at access to abortion with the ultimate aim to ban it entirely.Ah. Of course. The long-running War On Teh Wymminz...
Politicians in Westminster and Stormont like to pass the buck when it comes to abortion. Westminster says it’s for Northern Ireland to decide, Stormont says it won’t change the law because that’s not what the people of Northern Ireland want.Maybe it isn't?
However, our poll shows a clear majority in Northern Ireland in favour of access to abortion in the cases of rape (69%), incest (68%) and fatal foetal abnormality (where the foetus has no chance of surviving outside of the womb, 60%).They'll have no problem voting in a party that calls for abortion laws to be overturned then, right?