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3 Ways Conservative Christianity's Obsessions Promote Abortions

One of the great ironies of American society is that most abortions in the U.S. are caused by conservative Christians.

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The world is on the cusp of a  contraceptive revolution. Compared to the best birth control available to your parents (the Pill), latest generation long-acting reversible contraceptives, also known as LARCs, drops accidental pregnancy by 10 to 50 fold. Each year one in twelve women on the Pill gets pregnant. Over a lifetime, that’s two or three extra pregnancies per woman – unsought children or abortions. With a  hormonal IUD or implant, that drops to one in 500, because a LARC toggles the fertility default to “off.”  If that wasn’t enough, some LARC’s also get rid of that messy monthly  uncleanness(Leviticus 15:19-24) brought on by Eve’s curse. 

Someone who wanted to prevent abortions would advocate showcasing LARCs in every teen health class in the country. They would make sure that the most effective contraceptives available were available to all. They would be more focused on wise childbearing than on virginity. Those who say they are all about ending abortion, don’t—because they aren’t.

This is  Trust Women Week, a week to honor the moral and spiritual  wisdom that women invest in our reproductive decisions. Join the  virtual march. Listen to Deborah or Deb or Angela or Joy tell her abortion story at the  1 in 3 campaign. If you are ready,  tell yours.  And spread the word!


Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings, and the founder of Her articles can be found at