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Christian Abortion Rate as High as National Average; Catholic Rate is Higher

By March 18, 2006

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Conservative Christians oppose legal abortion, but do they oppose abortion enough to refuse to have abortions themselves? Maybe not: according to a study by The Center for Reason, the abortion rate among Christians is just as high as the national average. Among Catholics, the abortion rate is even higher.

PR Web reports:

The study, available as a downloadable report, reveals that Christians have just as many abortions as non-Christians. Data analyzed for all fifty states show that the rate of abortion is the same in the most-Christian segments of the population as it is in the least-Christian. The most-Catholic segments, on the other hand, showed significantly higher abortion rates.

The Center for Reason blog adds:

The study concludes that in the year 2000, Christians had approximately 570,000 abortions. Within the Christian segment, Catholics were found to have abortion rates significantly higher than the national average.

I havenít paid to download the report, so I have no idea if the study controls for whether the Christians who had abortion were pro-choice or anti-choice. Technically all the Catholics should have been anti-choice if they followed the teachings of their church, but many of the others could have been pro-choice without also being hypocritical.

The abortion rate among Christians generally isnít as interesting as the abortion rate among conservative evangelicals who would like to criminalize abortions. Itís possible that most of the abortions had by Christians were among liberal, pro-choice Christians ó but that strikes me as implausible. Itís impossible to guess what the abortion rate among conservative Christians might be, though.


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jayne wisner(1)

what on earth makes you think that any of these people are christians? Most catholics are probably not chrisians….. If they became christians , they would leave their religion which is based on alot of rituals and half truths.. I was a catholic for 18 years, I was not a born again christian, who is someone who has been changed by the grace of God…

January 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I am a conservative Christian. I am one who tends to think that the rate of abortion among Christians is much higher than it should be.

So that there is no question to what I believe, let me define Christian. I am follower of Jesus Christ, who believes that my salvation comes through Jesus (who was the only Son of God). I believe that Jesus lived a perfect (sinless) life, died on a cross for the payment of my sins, was resurrected and was witnessed by hundreds ascending into heaven where he now sits on the right hand of God the Father. It is through His blood that my sins are paid for and not by any good works that I do.

With that being said, I am also a woman who at 19, while attending Bible college, became pregnant and had an abortion. I knew that abortion was wrong, but I was scared and didn’t see how the Christian community would ever accept me. I believed that I would be condemned by the church, my school, my family and my soon to be in-laws.

So, why am I now able to respond openly about this? Because, I realize that there are thousands of young women out there believing the same lies that I did.
When I finally did open up about my abortion (15 years later), what I found was that the Christian community was very accepting and non-judgemental.

I wish that I had been stronger and not believed the lies that satan was feeding me. I can’t go back and change the past but I can try and help others from making the same mistake that I did.

I am still very much Pro-Life and I would be one of the first to vote for abortion to be illegal. I am also a sinner who is forgiven by the grace of God and not in any position to cast any stones.

March 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I am still very much Pro-Life and I would be one of the first to vote for abortion to be illegal. I am also a sinner who is forgiven by the grace of God and not in any position to cast any stones.

The phrase “casting stones” refers to executing someone, not merely criticizing them.

If you cast a vote to criminalize abortion, you cast a vote to make criminals of those who have abortions. If you regard abortion as murder, that’s a crime punishable by death. So yes, you would be one of the first to cast stones. Perhaps you imagine that since you are casting votes to have someone else cast the actual stones, that somehow frees you of responsibility?

March 18, 2011 at 5:31 am
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