Table 2

Attitudes towards abortion and rationale*

Abortion in IrelandStudents (%)
Attitudes towards provision of service (n=169)
 Abortion should be made legally available upon request93 (55.0)
 Abortion should be made legally available only under certain circumstances60 (35.5)
 Abortion should not be made legally available12 (7.1)
 Unsure4 (2.4)
 No opinion0 (0.0)
Rationale for legal provision of abortion (n=122)
 The foetus is not yet a person27 (22.1)
 The foetus is not sentient (cannot feel pleasure or pain).18 (14.8)
 It should be a purely medical decision21 (17.2)
 The woman has the right to terminate or not terminate a pregnancy93 (76.2)
 Laws against abortion don't stop abortion, they simply make it less safe84 (68.9)
 Other12 (9.8)
Rationale against legal provision of abortion (n=19)
 Religion4 (21.1)
 The foetus is a person15 (78.9)
 The foetus is sentient (can feel pleasure and pain)9 (47.4)
 Adoption is a superior option to abortion11 (57.9)
 There can be medical and psychological complications with abortion9 (47.4)
 Other7 (36.8)
  • *Based on optional answers provided as part of the survey.