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Irish want abortion access, poll says

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.

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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.

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