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Poll: Do you agree that our abortion laws are too restrictive?

The Health Minister made a significant speech last night.

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LAST NIGHT, THE Minister for Health went further than any of his predecessors in outlining what he believes are the shortcomings of the 8th Amendment in the Irish Constitution.

Leo Varadkar called it “too restrictive”, citing examples of where pregnancy could prove a risk to a woman’s long-term health and where there is no chance of survival for the unborn child.

Although he reiterated his pro-life stance and ruled out a 2015 referendum, his remarks have reignited the abortion debate this morning.

Where do you stand? Are Ireland’s abortion laws too restrictive?

Poll Results:

Yes, and there should be abortion on demand (5608)
Yes, but there should only be abortion in the limited circumstances he describes (2449)
No, the 8th Amendment should remain as it is (1375)

FULL SPEECH: Minister for Health on what is wrong with Ireland’s abortion laws

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