Over 40 percent of women who have had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members, new LifeWay Research shows.
In a survey released Monday that was sponsored by the pregnancy center support organization Care Net, researchers from the Christian research group LifeWay found that about 70 percent of women who had an abortion self-identified as Christians, while 43 percent say they attended a Christian church at least once per month or more at the time they aborted their child.
The survey, which interviewed 1,038 respondents who've all had abortions, found that 20 percent of the respondents attended church at least once a week at the time of their first pregnancy termination. Six percent said they attended church more than once per week, while about 54 percent said they rarely or never attended a church. more >>
Opposing abortion billboards in Ohio are stirring up debate, with a pro-life ad arguing that "killing a baby" is wrong, while a pro-choice billboard defends the practice, stating that women should have a choice regarding matters related to their bodies.
Christian News Wire noted that the pro-life billboard, erected two blocks away from the Columbus Planned Parenthood surgical abortion center, reads: "Killing A Baby Is No Way To Plan Parenthood." It refers to abortion provider Planned Parenthood, which has clinics nationwide.
A few miles away stands an opposing billboard, which states: "There's Nothing Wrong With Abortion. Your Choice. Your Right." more >>
How many women in Texas perform self-induced abortions? This week, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project released a study on this question.
Their argument is that after the state bill known as HB 2 went into effect in 2013 — resulting in the closure of more than half of the abortion facilities in Texas — the number of self-induced abortions among Texas women has significantly increased. Citing the study as proof, many media outlets — including The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and Slate — are giving readers the impression that hundreds of thousands of Texas women have attempted to perform self-induced abortions in the wake of HB 2.
A little background: In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial, Texas took the lead in enacting legislation to protect women and their unborn children. HB 2, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, requires that abortion facilities have the same health standards as ambulatory surgical centers and that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The public-health crisis that critics predicted when HB 2 was signed into law has not come to pass. more >>
RICHMOND, Va. — The Benham Brothers have said that being pro-life is a vital position to hold and one that requires more than just opposing abortion.
At a gala held Thursday in honor of a pro-life facility called the Pregnancy Resource Center, Jason and David Benham stressed the importance of the pro-life movement in national politics.
Before over 500 attendees at the Richmond Marriott, the brothers called on Christians "to be lightning bolts" instead of "lightning bugs" when it comes to witnessing, adding that "where you stand on life is where you stand on everything." more >>
What do we really mean when we use terms like "abortion access" and "reproductive justice"?
Nov. 12, the New York Times ran an op-ed from noted pregnancy center opponent Meaghan Winter titled, "The Stealth Attack on Abortion Access."
Ms. Winter, who has devoted the better part of the last three years attacking community-based nonprofits who serve women and families with life-affirming pregnancy help (see here, here, here, here and here for a primer) argues in her most recent piece that pregnancy centers represent an sneak attack on "abortion access." more >>
Three years ago today, a young woman had an abortion. Before she laid down on the cold, hard table, she named her baby Robbie, believing he was a boy.
This young woman debated her decision over and over, taking weeks to make up her mind. But once she made her choice — to complete the abortion — there was no way she could bring her Robbie back.
I talked to this young woman many times in the weeks leading up to her abortion, and I grew to love her. more >>