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Survey finds 63 per cent of farmers agree with abortion legislation

More female farmers surveyed were opposed to the legislation than the men surveyed.

The National Ploughing Championships 2013.
The National Ploughing Championships 2013.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A NEW SURVEY has found that just 20 per cent of farmers are opposed to the abortion legislation passed recently.

A joint survey by the Irish Examiner and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), found that 63 per cent of  farmers either agree or strongly agree with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

More female farmers surveyed were opposed to the legislation. In the under 35 age group of farmers, support for abortion when the mother’s life is at risk reached 70 per cent.

The region with the highest support for the legislation was Tinahealy in Wicklow with Skibereen noted as the only region surveyed to have a majority of people opposed to it.

Support for the abortion provision was strongest among Sinn Féin voters and lowest among Labour supporters.

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