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Regional Differences in Attitude to Abortion in Northern Ireland

P. Compton, J. Coward, J. Power


Data from the Northern Ireland Fertility Survey are utilised to examine attitudes to abortion in Northern Ireland from a broad regional perspective. A variety of techniques are used, including cross-tabular and binary correlation/regression analyses. Overall, the majority of respondents were against any change in abortion legislation for Northern Ireland. However, there were marked differences in attitude by region (with the inhabitants of the west most strongly opposed to pro-abortion legislation) as well as by some major population composition variables such as religion, social class and education. Geographical variability in these particular compositional variables by no means fully account for the regional differences in attitude and the paper discusses the possible role of other, less easily measured, factors.

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