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 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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