Beliefnet News Senior Editor Rob Kirby reported this week that abortion rates are ten times higher with couples cohabiting than married couples.http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/09/abortion-rate-much-higher-with-cohabiting-couples.php#1xzz1Xsr8bmts?source=NEWSLETTER&lsource=11
The information was compiled by David Schmidt , a pro-life activist, who posted his findings on his website Live Action.http://liveaction.org/blog/chart-abortion-rate-highest-among-cohabiting-lowest-with-married/
The data appears to point out that the decision of abortion is more based in “fear and uncertainty” for cohabitating couples rather than the security of marriage. The less committed the couples are the more likely abortion is the option.
The anti-abortion website LifeSiteNetws observed that ending the tragedy of abortion would be effective by building a culture of life where our social structures actively encourage choosing life rather than choosing death.
Studies have consistently shown that a female will go through a pregnancy when she knows the male is committed, dependable and will be there to help support the child.
Rape and health issues have little to do with the overall abortion decision, and if both rape or health enter into the picture in the abortion decision, it is typically based on the already mentioned “fear and uncertainty”.
As with successful marriage relationships being the best foundation for a man and woman, it is also the best situation by far should a pregnancy take place. The baby is ten times more likely to survive in a marriage relationship than if the couple is merely living together. That is a telling statistic for an infant’s survival.
In the case of unstable relationships, Schmidt noted that when an unintended pregnancy occurs, the man and woman will likely “get rid of the problem”. Statistics also show that the majority of relationships fail less than 60 days after an abortion is performed on the female, another telling fact.
The “fear and uncertainty” factor plays a role in the decision to have an abortion with married couples also. Although the rate for abortion is substantially lower for married couples, the decision to abort typically comes down to economics and convenience. However, with a stable marriage structure, the couple’s strength and confidence in each other will override a possible option to abort.
Religious affiliation appears to play a secondary issue with co-habiting or marriage couples. Although various religious groups frown on abortion and instruct couples regarding making decisions according to doctrine, divorce and abortion still appear to impact couples significantly whether dealing with sexual immorality or the life and death decision of abortion.
Co-habiting couples are already “living in sin”, so the decision to abort may be easier since they are already sliding down that slippery slope. The vows made by married couples to love each other “for better or worse” may play a vital role to weather a challenge as having an unplanned pregnancy.
“Fear and uncertainty” still play critical roles in the abortion decision whether it involves co-habiting or marriage couples.