Faith and Abortion

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The aim of this chapter is threefold – firstly it will consider the wider context of faith and abortion, then secondly moving on to shed light on the efforts of AfC in engaging with faith communities. The third element of the chapter is to present groundbreaking research on faith and abortion in NI conducted by Ulster University and AfC. In this chapter we present interim findings from a study carried out in 2019–20 that explored the views of people of faith who recognize abortion is part of a woman’s life. This was the first study of its kind in NI asking religious people to discuss permissive or nuanced beliefs about abortion and how they came to hold views that deviate from the dominant religious discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecriminalizing Abortion in Northern Ireland Volume 2 Allies and Abortion Provision
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781350278929
ISBN (Print) 9781350278912
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Nov 2022


  • abortion
  • abortion stigma
  • abortion religion
  • abortion faith

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