Social Conditions in Support of Abortion
The issue of abortion has been a hotly debated issue in the United States for over 40 years. Since abortion was made legal by a decision in 1973 by the Supreme Court, there have been many studies done and research analyzed about the ways abortion is supported and the conditions of the culture that lead more and more people to come out in support of a woman’s choice to terminate a pregnancy. What are the social conditions that have led to the abortion rights in America being vehemently defended?
First, in an article by Marsiglio and Shehan “Adolescent Males’ Abortion Attitudes: Data from a National Survey” they consistently come back to the idea that the survey numbers are skewed by either the religious affiliation or the view that the respondents have of religion. In “Abortion, Religious Conflict, and Political Culture”, Chang goes as far as to say that religion helps explain the social conflict and the impetus for the social conflict comes from religion. (Chang, 2005, p. 230) Finally, in the article from the 1980s, Tamney, Johnson and Burton explain the attitudes of different parts of the culture that stand in opposition to religion in the article, “The Abortion Controversy: Conflicting Beliefs and Values in American Society”. So, people in the United States will continue to support legalized abortion because the United States is becoming increasing less religious.
Finally, this issue is important because even though more young people every day say they disagree with abortion, they refuse to stand up for the unborn. This attitude is one that is born from a lack of understanding and limited availability of scientific research to young people about the effect of abortion. It is important for me, because one of my jobs is as a youth minister at a church in Springfield, OR. I hope that this research and my essay serves to help me realize new and different ways to educate young people about this issue.