When it comes to supporting abortion rights — specifically saying that in most or all cases, abortion should be legal — how do the different religions rank? (And let’s include atheists in the mix.)
I would hope we’re at the top of the list. I would suspect conservative Christian denominations would be near the bottom. But I don’t think I would have been able to predict the groups that end up on the extreme ends of this survey from the Pew Research Center.
87% of both atheists and agnostics believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases. But Unitarian Universalists take the crown with 90%.
And waaaaay at the bottom of the “how many people respect women’s rights?” chart, we have Jehovah’s Witnesses with a paltry 18%.
It’s not just Catholics we could do this with. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons have doctrinal positions against abortion, but 18% and 27% of believers, respectively, don’t give a damn about that.
Atheism, on the other hand, has no “doctrine” on abortion. So it’s not hypocritical for anti-choice atheists to exist, even if their arguments aren’t convincing. Those 11% of atheists and agnostics who oppose abortion use many of the same talking points as religious conservatives. Critical thinking can only go so far, I guess.