The Subjective Bases of Abortion Attitudes: A Cross National Comparison of Religious Traditions

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The subjective correlates of abortion attitudes for six different religious traditions (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam). For all six groups, attitudes toward sexual morality exhibit the strongest relationship with abortion attitudes, followed by the effects of attitudes toward human life. Gender role attitudes are much less powerful predictors of abortion attitudes. Further, the multivariate models which explain abortion attitudes are remarkably similar across religious traditions, with inter-religious differences largely being attributable to differences in the marginal distributions of the independent variables.


Abortion; Abortion--Attitudes; Abortion--Religious aspects; Abortion--Religious aspects--Buddhism; Abortion--Religious aspects--Catholic Church; Abortion--Religious aspects--Islam; Abortion--Religious aspects--Protestant churches; Hinduism; Sex roles


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Women's Studies

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