Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2020

Department 1

Political Science


The issue of abortion in the political arena became escapable after the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade. Nearly 50 years later, the issue of abortion continues to influence voting in all levels of government elections - from President to state governor. Although the restriction of legal abortion access disproportionally affects women, women are generally just as likely to support abortion as men. To research the phenomena of women voting and advocating against their own rights, I turned to religion - measured by how often a female attends religious ceremonies - as a possible explanation. In this paper, I delve into the correlation between religious commitment and abortion opinion to discover what motivates - or fails to motivate - a female’s opinion on legal abortions. Although this paper fails to reject the null hypothesis, I encourage future research that studies religious affiliation and age in relation to abortion opinion. Such research sheds light on voter tendencies and potential legislation in the United States.


Written for POL 215: Political Science Research Methods