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

In the wake of the November 27, 2015 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 explored 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.

Within these surprising findings lies an unsettling symptom of anti-abortion culture, which often shames women who terminate pregnancies.  According to the research, 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 have an abortion.

Many agree that the survey’s results are particularly damning of church culture, which fails to find the proper guidance for women facing such a difficult time.

Roughly two thirds of the women surveyed agree that their pastor’s teachings on forgiveness do not apply to women who’ve had abortions. Over half of women believe that their church is out-of-touch when it comes to helping them understand their options when facing an unplanned pregnancy.

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 could be a reason why over half of women who regularly attend church keep their past a secret.

Featured image: American Life League/Flickr



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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    December 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

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

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Pyro Lincoln

    December 8, 2015 at 7:46 am

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

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    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.

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    December 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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

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    Aaron Logan

    February 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Or get pregnant. Or exist.

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    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.

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    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. 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.

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    February 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

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    February 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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

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    February 23, 2016 at 8:05 am

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    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 no no, spare the rod, spoil the 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!

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    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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    Garrett Browning

    March 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Danny, your “i” key is stckng.

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    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’s own report : 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.

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    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.

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    When the man who impregnated her is not held accountable, she has few options. All of which will leave her to be ostracized in her community. 1. Have the child out of wedlock and struggle to care for that child since the same people against abortion are also against prenatal care, child health care and child care. 2. Put the child up for adoption and the community will forever repeat that information. 3 Secretly have an abortion and live with her own conscience of whether or not she did the right thing. And for true Christians who live by the Bible read this: When Does Life Begin?

    According to the bible, life begins at birth–when a baby draws its first breath. The bible defines life as “breath” in several significant passages, including the story of Adam’s creation in Genesis 2:7, when God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

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