DUBLIN — Most people in Ireland want lawmakers to give women wider access to abortion, a poll revealed on Thursday as senior clerics testified before a parliamentary committee investigating Ireland’s ban on the practice.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s government pledged to legalize abortion for women whose lives are deemed in danger, including those who threaten to commit suicide if denied an abortion.
Opponents of abortion contend that the suicide-threat rule would be open to deceit and permit increasingly broad access to abortion in this predominantly Catholic country.
The move has been delayed two decades despite a 1992 ruling that life-saving abortions should be Irish law.
The issue gained renewed momentum in November after a woman who was suffering a protracted miscarriage died. Her widower accused doctors of letting her die.