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Poll: Most of Ireland favors wider abortion access

Thursday - 1/10/2013, 9:48am  ET

DUBLIN (AP) - A poll suggests that most people in Ireland want their lawmakers to give clearer and wider access to abortion in a bill due to be unveiled this year.

The survey was published Thursday as senior figures from several churches testified to a parliamentary committee investigating possible reforms to Ireland's ban on abortion.

The government says it intends to legalize abortion only for women whose lives are deemed in danger from pregnancy, including those who threaten to commit suicide if denied a termination.

The survey found 35 percent support the government plan as it stands while 29 percent want abortion legalized for all women. Some 26 percent said they wanted risk of suicide excluded, while 8 percent favored a total ban. The poll had a 3 percent error margin.

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