Chart: U.S. Abortion Rate Highest Among Non-Religious, Lowest with Evangelicals


The abortion rate is calculated by taking the unintended pregnancy rate (incidences of unintended pregnancy per 1000 women aged 15-44 years) times the percentage of unintended pregnancies that end in abortion.

Data source:
Unintended pregnancy in the United States: incidence and disparities, 2006
Received 22 July 2011; accepted 28 July 2011. published online 25 August 2011.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=849215536 Margie Miguel

    Happy that we’re the lowest but VERY SAD that some would even consider choosing to end the life of their child. :((((( 

    Mainstream protestant and evangelical Christian are considered separate “religions”? Now isn’t that interesting? Hmm. There are born-again or evangelical Christians across different Protestant denominations. There are even Catholics who call themselves born again, Jews who consider themselves Messianic Jews and Muslims who worship God through Jesus the Messiah, albeit in secret. They have fully committed their lives to Jesus Christ. They are all “evangelical Christians” in that sense.

    • cemiller108

      I find it interesting they broke that out from the rest as well. I wonder why? All Catholic should consider themselves as born-again though. In the passage of the bible talking about being born-again, it is talking about Baptism, and all Catholics are Baptized…

    • LoveTheLeast8

      The breakout is how the US Government CDC department decided to break it down. How they came to the separations that they did though is a question that only they can probably answer.

    • LoveTheLeast8

      The breakout is how the US Government CDC department decided to break it down. How they came to the separations that they did though is a question that only they can probably answer.

    • LoveTheLeast8

      The breakout is how the US Government CDC department decided to break it down. How they came to the separations that they did though is a question that only they can probably answer.

    • LoveTheLeast8

      The breakout is how the US Government CDC department decided to break it down. How they came to the separations that they did though is a question that only they can probably answer.

  • Gavster

    no one should call themselfs a Christian {follower of Christ} & take a helpless life!!

    • Chase200mph

      LOL, your bible and it’s many god’s condone abortion and even demand it! Abortion is not murder. A fetus is not considered a human life.

      If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life. — Exodus 21:22-23

      The Bible places no value on fetuses or infants less than one month old.

      And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. — Leviticus 27:6

      Fetuses and infants less than one month old are not considered persons.

      Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD. — Numbers 3:15-16

      God sometimes approves of killing fetuses.

      And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? … Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. — Numbers 31:15-17
      (Some of the non-virgin women must have been pregnant. They would have been killed along with their unborn fetuses.)

      Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. — Hosea 9:14

      Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. — Hosea 9:16

      Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. — Hosea 13:16

      God sometimes kills newborn babies to punish their parents.

      Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. — 2 Samuel 12:14

      God sometimes causes abortions by cursing unfaithful wives.

      The priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen. …
      And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. — Numbers 5:21-21, 27-28

      God’s law sometimes requires the execution (by burning to death) of pregnant women.

      Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. — Genesis 38:24

      • Sean

        You do of course understand that “her fruit” means her “child”. And depart means a premature birth of that said child and not a “miscarriage” right? But if the child( fruit) dies the the death penalty is in place for the unborn child’s killer. It’s much clear in herbrew by the way. You might want to check out a strongs Concordance or something.

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  • Guest

    Useful data, but I have one minor correction to make. The abortion rate is simply the number of abortions divided by the number of women aged 15-44. This is then multiplied by 1000.

    • Guest

      Never mind. I see from reading the report that it didn’t include abortion rates, so you had to derive those yourself. That is, the data is incomplete because it doesn’t include abortions for intended pregnancies (so the abortion rate for each group should be slightly higher).

      Still, useful data as the comparisons should still hold. I’ll keep this as a helpful resource.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • thepasserby

    But since the the non-religious only make up around 15-20% of the population the numbers of Religious women getting abortions is far higher.

  • http://ericrshelton.com/ Eric R. Shelton

    It’s interesting that this post links to a study/article that isn’t fully available unless purchased. Especially considering there are so many contradictory studies that conclude religiosity either has no effect on abortion rates or that the religious actually have HIGHER rates of abortion. And I just can’t help but notice how evidence of this on “pro life” sites suddenly disappears once unbelievers discover it. If I didn’t know better, I’d think those silly religious folk were trying to hide something! /sarcasm

    http://www.livescience.com/5476-surprising-results-abortion-religiosity.html

    http://atheism.about.com/b/2008/03/07/abortions-highest-where-religion-is-highest.htm

    http://www.lisashea.com/lisabase/aboutme/abortion.html

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/feb/26/health.religion

    https://www.guttmacher.org/in-the-know/characteristics.html

    http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1839399/pg1

    http://etb-political.blogspot.com/2012/03/christians-have-as-many-abortions-as.html

  • Lori Alayne Weber Miller

    It is that religion Vs relationship thing. People do not usually identify as evangelicals unless they are out there living it. Lots of people that have not darkened the door of a church since they completed catechism still consider themselves catholic.