Secular Pro-Life

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Secular Pro-Life
Secular Pro-Life logo
AbbreviationSPL
Formation2009[1]
President
Kelsey Hazzard
Websitewww.secularprolife.org

Secular Pro-Life (SPL) is an American anti-abortion organization. SPL argues against abortion and conducts advocacy, including on university campuses.[2][3].

Statistics[edit]

Anti-abortion activism in the UNited States is predominantly associated with the religious right. Within the United States, 72% of the religiously unaffiliated say that "abortion should be legal in most or all cases"[4] compared to 53% of the general public. Among atheists and agnostics, 84% say abortion should be legal in most or all cases. While 75% of white evangelical Protestants say that having an abortion is morally wrong, 25% of religiously unaffiliated people say so.[5] The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics notes that 22% of nonreligious unaffiliated Americans describe themselves as "pro-life on abortion" while just 12% of atheists and agnostics do.[6]

History[edit]

A Secular Pro-Life banner at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. in 2013

Secular Pro-Life ran a stall at the 2012 American Atheists conference. Their presence there caused some controversy within the atheist community.[7]

In February 2014, President of Secular Pro-Life Kelsey Hazzard gave a talk at the University of Georgia entitled "Pro-Life Without God".[2] In the run up to the event, SPL posters were repeatedly torn down in an attempt to thwart Hazzard's presentation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". secularprolife.org. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Fouriezos, Nicholas (6 February 2014). "Pro-life speaker gives secular position on abortion". The Red and Black. University of Georgia. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  3. ^ Saussy, George (21 October 2013). "Yale hosts first pro-life conference". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Nones on the rise - Social and Political Views of the Unaffiliated". Pew Research Center. 9 Oct 2012.
  5. ^ "5 facts about abortion". Pew Research Center FactTank. 21 Jan 2015.
  6. ^ Corwin Smidt; Lyman Kellstedt; James Guth (10 September 2009). The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics. Oxford Handbooks Online. ISBN 978-0-19-532652-9.
  7. ^ Fain, Leslie (24 January 2013). "Atheist, Secular, and Pro-Life". Catholic World Report. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.