SOCI100 Final Paper - Nicolette

Abortion across family upbringing legal

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Unformatted text preview: males responded that it should be left to the girl to decide (13.6% male and 8.6% female). Slightly more males (36.4%) than females (31.0%) expressed that birth control should be mandatory. These results are could reflect a shifting trend in the equality of men and women in sexual relationships. On pre- marital abortion, there was insignificant difference across genders as well. 59.1% of males and 53.4% of females felt that abortion should be legal in all cases, and similar percentages were reported for the other categories (ref. Table3.1). Hence, one can draw the general conclusion that gender plays a lesser role in determining pre- marital sexual attitudes. Male Female Table 3.1 Attitudes towards Pre- Marital Abortion across Gender Legal in all Legal in cases some cases 59.1% 31.8% 53.4% 37.9% Illegal in all Don’t Know Total cases 4.5% 4.5% 100% 5.2% 3.4% 100% 4. Religion and Religiosity Religion often prescribes certain life philosophies, and the stricter of religions have norms regarding what is appropriate behavior. In this study, there was an insignificant sample size of Jews and Muslims. Hence, they are not discussed in- depth. However, when we compare the Protestants and those who were not religious, we find that 46.7% of Protestants are against premarital sex in all or most cases, while 77.1% of respondents who are not religious believe that there is nothing wrong with premarital sex. 75% of Catholics feel that premarital sex is 7 Nicolette Tan SOCI100: Intro to Sociological Research wrong in all or most cases. Hence, not having a religion correlates to one having more liberal attitudes towards pre- marital sex. Arguably, the strength of the religion might play a role as well. This applies to views on abortion as well, where despite 90.1% of respondents believing that abortion should be legal in all or most cases of pre- marital pregnancy, consistently higher percentages of non- religious respondents felt the same way (91.4% of non- religious respondents, 86.6% Protestant and 75% Catholic). Interestingly, religion is not a factor in the decision- making process on birth control. Similar percentages across religions believe that birth control should be mandatory and similar majorities believe that it should be mutually discussed...
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