Views of Pastors on abortion and involvement of Churches in the Pro-Life Movement

In December 2014 and January/February 2016, Students for Life commissioned several polls with the Barna Group. The questions we asked them to research revolved around the overall millennial views of the pro-life movement, abortion, and Planned Parenthood; the use of graphic/abortion victims imagery with millennials; as well as pastor views and involvement in our movement. The following paper is a summary of the first portion of that research as well as our unique experience at Students for Life starting and leading more than 1,000 millennial-lead pro-life groups on campuses nationwide.

Abortion is not a problem just outside of the church. It is a problem inside of the church. Consider these startlingly facts:

  • 54% of women who had an abortion self-identified as a Christian1
  • More than 40% of women who had an abortion reported that they were actively attending a church
  • 76% of those active church-going women said that their church had no influence on their decision to abort

From December 2015 to January 2016, Students for Life contracted the Barna Group to survey 513 Protestant Pastors (30% Mainline Protestant pastors and 70% Non-Mainline Protestant 3 pastors) and 88 Catholic Priests and ask them how much they and their churches are involved in the pro-life movement as well as their thoughts on some pro-life movement tactics.