Christian group conducts study, finds out that Christians have the most abortions

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In the wake of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, the findings of a survey released by LifeWay, a Christian research group, reveal some interesting facts about a seemingly hidden culture within the Christian community.

The survey explores the true relationship of religion and abortion and was co-sponsored by the pregnancy support organization Care Net. These are some of their findings.

  • 70 percent of the women they surveyed considered themselves Christians.
  • Over 50 percent of the surveyed women who attend church regularly have kept their abortions secret from their church community.
  • 40 percent of women surveyed feel that churches are not equipped to help them make decisions about unwanted pregnancies.

While these findings may be surprising, even more surprising is one of the main reasons these women seek abortions. Anti-abortion culture often lays the blame on the women who terminate pregnancies, citing their callousness, promiscuity, and sinful nature. However, it turns out the opposite is true. Roughly a third of women, regardless of their religious beliefs, cite the father of the unborn baby as the most influential person in their decision to terminate their pregnancy.

Many of the results of this survey are particularly damning of church culture, which shames women during these difficult times, rather than offering any guidance.

Roughly two thirds of the women surveyed agree that their pastors’ teachings on forgiveness do not apply to women who have terminated pregnancies. Over half of women believe that their Church is out-of-touch when it comes to helping them make decisions about pregnancy options.

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Via Daily Kos (Click to enlarge)

It is interesting to note that this survey was conducted by a Christian organization. Given results like these, many conservatives would say that the study is skewed to make the Christian hard-right look bad, but considering the direction the abortion debate has taken of late, they don’t really need any help in that area.

Regardless of the choices the women in these communities make, they face judgment on all sides, and have to choose between secrecy and being ostracized, in which no ‘right’ decision can be made. This is why over half of women who regularly attend church keep their terminated pregnancy secret and only 7 percent of women say they’ve discussed their options with fellow churchgoers.

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  1. Rod Prather

    December 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Yup, it’s only sin if it’s someone else. Let ye without sin cast the first stone.

  2. Danny Guillot

    December 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    NO you CLAIM Abortion is murder you also claim in talking snakes and virgins give birth and that dead people get up and walk away 3 days latter if I wanted a medical opinion it would not be from you.

  3. Me

    December 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

    According to the Pew Foundation, ~76% of Americans are Christian, and a higher portion of women are than men. What this tends to indicate, therefore, is that if 70% if women who have an abortion identify as Christian, the abortion rate for Christian women is LOWER than that for non-Christian women, which is exactly the opposite of what your story implies. Omitting critical data is a very dishonest way to present results as making exactly the opposite of what the results actually imply.

    • Lilith

      December 7, 2015 at 7:26 am

      you may need to rethink the circular argument you posed. The majority of women in the US identify as christian- check. A majority of these women have had an abortion- check.

      Therefore, a majority of christian women have, indeed, had an abortion. Check-mate.

      • Rod

        December 7, 2015 at 8:17 am

        Oddly, something is wrong here. 27% of respondents were Catholic yet only 22% of Americans are Catholic. Although the data might be indicative it is obviously skewed indicating a poor sample or flawed analysis. It has been known for years that abortions among Catholic Church members pretty much mirror the general population. NO SURPRISE there. Still, this data, IMHO, is suspect for any but general information.

    • John Monroe

      February 19, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      According to Pew, only 70 % of Americans are Christian. You also need to account for age. Only 55% of Americans 18 – 29 are Christian, according to Pew. http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/age-distribution/18-29/ 68% of 30 – 49 year olds are Christian. Most women getting abortions would be under 30. Very few are over 49. If you look at the relevent age group, Christians seem more likely to get abortions than non Christians.

      • Marshall Q

        April 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

        Why? Where does the article specify the age of the women? The question “Have you ever had an abortion” applies to all women, age regardless.
        in fact positive responses are probably *more* likely to come from older women, for very obvious reasons.
        If you read care.net’s own report : http://tinyurl.com/j4db8lh there’s no mention of age at all.
        This whole article is a typical example of the Left’s shamelessly biased reporting on Christian issues. Most Leftists wouldn’t dream of mocking other religions in such a dishonest manner
        and I say that as an atheist.

      • John Monroe

        April 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

        I agree. It looks like I misread the way the survey was done. With the exception of women over 60, for whom abortion may have been illegal for at least part of their youth, positive responses would increase with age, at least until menopause.

  4. Clay

    December 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Where in this survey is the statement “Christians have the most abortions” supported?

    • Aaron Logan

      February 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Right. The data reported can only support the statement “of the women surveyed who have had abortions, most were christians.” 70 percent in fact which is hardly a surprising result.

  5. Stephanie

    December 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Maybe that’s because abortion is not a religious issue, but a moral and ethical one.

    As we know your religion l, or lack of, does not determine your morals, nor your respect for the lives of others.

    • Rod

      December 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

      This study is definitely flawed. It’s long been known that Catholic abortions mirror the general population. But to say that respect for life, as you say, indicates morality is not a valid point. YES, abortion is an ethical and moral issue but there are actually two sides to that morality.

      When you set laws on abortion based only on the fetus you forget a major part of the argument. The social, economic, and physical health of the mother must also be considered. In addition, social climate is involved.

      We also know from past experience that simply making abortions illegal does NOT stop abortions. It only threatens the lives of women and the validity of society. ALL MORALS MUST BE CONSIDERED.

  6. Frank J LaFerriere

    December 7, 2015 at 5:41 am

    OK Me…how do you come to that conclusion? If as YOU state according to the Pew Foundation, 76% of Americans are Christian. Which means that 24% of the rest of the population is either Muslim, Pagan, Atheist, or Agnostic.

    Now, if 70% of the women who have abortions identify as Christian, how the hell does that make the abortion rate lower for women who are Christian than non-Christian?

    Did you graduate from homeschooling that did not teach logic or even basic math? Because your math is so far off it is not even funny….but what should I expect from a Christian apologist?

    • Rod

      December 9, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      PAGAN??? Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Confucianism, Sihk, and other world religions. Not sure what you mean by PAGAN, Pagan is an ancient earth based religion, it does not define anyone who is not CHRISTIAN.

  7. Pyro Lincoln

    December 8, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Dumb christians…Don’t call yourself one if you’re not one (e.e)

  8. Frank

    December 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Religious is NOT Christian, Jesus would NEVER abort a babiy!

    • Aaron Logan

      February 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Or get pregnant. Or exist.

  9. Linda

    February 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

  10. Jesse

    February 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    No TRUE Scotsman–err, I mean Christian–would ever get an abortion.

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  12. Will

    February 23, 2016 at 8:05 am

  13. Orchid Ra

    March 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Yet the bible says NOTHING about children in that passage. Actually the bible is PRO KILLING OF CHILDREN and there is not one phrase in the entire book that says to SPARE THE CHILD..no no no, spare the rod, spoil the child..so beat it to death? Kill it by Psalms 137:9, or maybe you’d like to explain Hosea and the womb cutting of pregnant women (people have been doing this since Manson and it’s due to the BIBLE). Kill children with drowning, that’s in there. NOT ONE THING ABOUT LOVING THEM..and the bible also says they’re not LIFE until FIRST BREATH..that’s the air outside of the womb, not inside! Taoism says life is at conception, so I guess Christians can’t read!

    • Orchid Ra

      March 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      But they’re in love with their HYPOCRISY..that’s for sure. Don’t preach to women who don’t want to be carrying babies, preach to the loser sperm that put it there. Christianity..the biggest child raping cover up in all of history!

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