A 2015 study by Christian research group Lifeway found that 70 percent of women who have had abortions identify as Christian, and more than half of those who regularly attend church have kept their abortions a secret.
Roughly two thirds of the women surveyed agree that their pastor’s teachings on forgiveness do not apply to women who’ve had abortions. Over half of women believe that their church is out-of-touch when it comes to helping them understand their options when facing an unplanned pregnancy.
More than half of the women surveyed (54 percent) agreed that churches over-simplify the decision to have an abortion, and only 30 percent agreed that churches offer accurate advice when it comes to pregnancy options.
Regardless of the choices the women in these communities make, they face judgment on all sides, and have to choose between secrecy and being ostracized, in which no ‘right’ decision can be made. This could be a reason why over half of women who regularly attend church keep their past a secret.
The survey sample of 1,038 women was weighted to reflect American demographics and only included women who indicated they had previously terminated a pregnancy.