Presentation Title

Abortion, Race, and Christian Religions

Presenter Information

Lara SivickFollow

Advisor Information

Gregory Petrow

Location

MBSC Ballroom - Poster #706 - U

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-3-2022 10:45 AM

End Date

4-3-2022 12:00 PM

Abstract

Does race or religion have a greater impact on abortion attitudes? It appears that being white, or Hispanic has a negative influence on one’s attitude toward abortion. My hypothesis was that Christian religions will have a greater impact on negative abortion attitudes than race. I chose this because several social research studies suggest that over time race has begun to have less of an impact on abortion attitudes. Since the research I reviewed focused on white, Black, and Hispanic people I decided to do the same. These racial groups tend to be part of Christian religions which is another reason I chose to focus on them. The research I reviewed also focused on Christian religions such as Catholicism and Protestantism. I decided to also include Orthodox Christianity and Mormonism (LDS) since they are also both based in Christianity. I analyzed American National Elections Study data from 2020. Using a multiple regression I found that in the population being Protestant, Hispanic and white has more of an influence on negative abortion attitudes than one’s sex, frequency of attendance at religious services, and being Black.

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Abortion, Race, and Christian Religions

MBSC Ballroom - Poster #706 - U

Does race or religion have a greater impact on abortion attitudes? It appears that being white, or Hispanic has a negative influence on one’s attitude toward abortion. My hypothesis was that Christian religions will have a greater impact on negative abortion attitudes than race. I chose this because several social research studies suggest that over time race has begun to have less of an impact on abortion attitudes. Since the research I reviewed focused on white, Black, and Hispanic people I decided to do the same. These racial groups tend to be part of Christian religions which is another reason I chose to focus on them. The research I reviewed also focused on Christian religions such as Catholicism and Protestantism. I decided to also include Orthodox Christianity and Mormonism (LDS) since they are also both based in Christianity. I analyzed American National Elections Study data from 2020. Using a multiple regression I found that in the population being Protestant, Hispanic and white has more of an influence on negative abortion attitudes than one’s sex, frequency of attendance at religious services, and being Black.