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international attitudes towards abortion

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend Razib, writing as David Hume at the Secular Right blog, has looked at the data on international attitudes towards abortion and made some intriguing observations, notably:

1) It is clear that religion correlate with opposition to abortion in the vast majority of nations.

2) But, the attitudes of religious people and non-religious people track each other so that the irreligious in nation X may oppose abortion much more than the religious in nation Y.

That second point is really quite thought-provoking. It certainly underscores the moral subjectivity of abortion relative to issues like murder which have a clear and universal moral concensus.

Related: my earlier post on the need to move beyond simplistic pro-choice/pro-life axes for the abortion debate, and also ongoing discussion of abortion at Talk Islam.



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