BERN, April 29, 2002 ( – A poll commissioned by the Swiss Broadcasting Company has found that a majority of Swiss intend to vote in favour of a government-backed initiative to legalize abortion on demand in the first twelve weeks after conception. The poll, conducted between April 10 and 22, found 64 per cent of voters intend to cast their ballots in favour of the initiative with 23% opposed and 13% undecided. The issue will be put to a vote June 2.

In related news, the Christian Democrats voted against the initiative at a party meeting. Delegates to the meeting rejected the measure 201 to 73. However they also rejected, 259 votes to 4, a pro-life measure to halt the use of loopholes in the law which allow some 13,000 abortions a year in the country.

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