Poll: Most UK adults want abortion law reform in NI

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter
The majority of people across the UK want abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland, according to the latest opinion polls.
Commissioned by Amnesty International, the surveys show 65% of adults in Northern Ireland are of the view that abortion should not be a crime, while 78% of British people support decriminalisation.The charity says they are the first major polls of public opinion on abortion reform in Northern Ireland since voters in the Republic voted to repeal the country's ban on abortion in a referendum in May.

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YouGov carried out the poll of British adults, while Northern Irish adults were questioned as part of a Cognisense Omnibus survey.At the moment, abortions in Northern Ireland are illegal unless there are exceptional medical and/or mental health circumstances.Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International's Northern Ireland campaign manager, said the polls show there is "overwhelming support" for change that the government "cannot ignore".
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She said: "The results show that this is not a political or contentious issue, it's fundamentally an issue of health, human rights, equality and dignity."Voters of all political backgrounds, including Labour, Conservative, Sinn Fein and DUP voters, are backing decriminalisation of abortion."The UK government cannot ignore the overwhelming support for abortion law reform.
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