Americans agree: abortion is not a ‘desirable good’

A new abortion study has revealed the complexity of Americans’ views on abortion, and an openness to discussion. But among the report’s key findings was a unanimous agreement that abortion is not a “desirable good.”

The interview study “How Americans Understand Abortion” was published on Monday by the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life. Rather than ask respondents fixed-answer questions about their views on abortion, sociologists interviewed Americans at length to elicit thoughtful answers on the morality and legality of abortion.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Charles Camosy, a theology professor at Fordham University, told CNA that one of the study’s most important findings was a willingness among Americans to “engage” on the issue.

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