The Clergy and Abortion

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In this study, the results of in-depth interviews with 17 clergy from a rural midwestern community are examined with respect to abortion. Although there are few differences between clergy in the content of abortion attitudes, Evangelical clergy are considerably more likely to communicate a "pro-life" position to their congregations than are Mainline ministers. A survey of lay members of these congregations suggests that ministerial socialization on the abortion issue is quite effective.


Political Science | Religion | Women's Studies


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