LifeNov 05, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
The universal Christian Church believes in the sanctity and protection of human life. It is outlined in statements of faith, preached from pulpits, and lifted to God in prayer. Yet, an alarming number of Christian women choose to have abortions—why?
According to statistics presented by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, only 23.7% of women obtaining abortions are atheist or agnostic, meaning roughly 76% of all abortions are obtained by religious women, 68.7% of which identified as Christians. 18% of all abortions are obtained by "born-again/evangelical" women.
In a study commissioned by Care Net, it was demonstrated that 4 in 10 women having an abortion are churchgoers and even "report attending church monthly or more at the time of an abortion."
"There is a dominant belief that Christianity and Christians are against abortion. In fact, many Christian communities accept abortion in certain circumstances," wrote Rebecca Todd Peters in the July 2018 edition of The News & Observer. "That abortion is acceptable in some cases means that the real social question is not whether women can have abortions, but which women and for what reasons?"
The Care Net study found that "Many women with unplanned pregnancies go silently from the church pew to the abortion clinic, convinced the church would gossip rather than help."
Only 7% "discussed their abortion decision with anyone at church," with 76% of women saying the church played no part in their decision. McConnell said "The results point to a church culture that often lacks grace, as illustrated by the impressions women gave in their answers:
Two-thirds (65 percent) say church members judge single women who are pregnant.
A majority (54 percent) thinks churches oversimplify decisions about pregnancy options.
Fewer than half (41 percent) believe churches are prepared to help with decisions about unwanted pregnancies.
Only 3 in 10 think churches give accurate advice about pregnancy options.
"That's a huge opportunity for the church to have an impact on those decisions," said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, in response to the Care Net study. "If they don't start experiencing something different than what they've seen in the past, these numbers aren't going to change."
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