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Latino Millennials Embrace Conservative Views on Abortion Care, But Reluctant to Label Themselves "Pro-Life" or "Pro-Choice"

First Posted: Apr 01, 2015 12:42 PM EDT
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More than their white, black or Asian counterparts, Latino Millennials embrace conservative views on abortion care, according to a new survey.

However, Latinos are reluctant to label themselves, and Millennials of all backgrounds support contraception accessibility.

The termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of a fetus or an embryo from the womb is called abortion, and it is a hot button issue. According to the Public Religion Research Institute report, Latino Millennials overwhelming stand in opposition to abortion. Hispanic Catholic Millennials (55 percent) and Hispanic Protestant Millennials (61 percent) stated that abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. Nonetheless, Latinos were the most reluctant to label themselves "pro-life" or "pro-choice" for the sake of political argument. Thirty-one percent said they were neither pro-choice nor pro-life; 28 percent said they were both; 23 percent said they were pro-life only and 18 percent indicated they were pro-choice only.

Conversely, 27 percent indicated that abortion was a critical issue and 55 percent indicated that access to health care is most important. And more than a third said that abortion is wrong depending on the circumstances. Additionally, 46 percent remarked that abortion could be a responsible action taken by a woman.

Eighty-four percent (compared to 81 percent of non-Latino Millennials) support expanding contraception access for low-income women who need it. Also, the research indicated that 67 percent believe that privately owned corporations should be made to provide employees with health plans and contraception at no cost.

"Majorities of both women and men in the Millennial generation believe access to contraception is critical not just for reproductive health, but also for the financial well-being of women," Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, said in a statement. "Few Millennials have moral qualms about birth control, and they generally support policies to make contraception widely available and affordable."

The Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated "to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life," recently published the adjoined surveys "2015 Millennials, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Survey" and "How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproductive Health."

The surveys assert that 60 percent of Millennials (64 percent of women and 55 percent of men) across major racial ethnic groups believe that contraception is critical for the security of women.

New reports show that new federal legislation is frequently developed to block abortion care access. Also, funding has been dissolved from programs and facilities have been closed. Many recently closed health clinics also act as the prime destination for many low-income earners seeking reproductive health care and other essential services.

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