- December 3, 2012
- By Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press
That includes emergency or “morning after” pills that some people argue permit fertilization but prevent pregnancy by causing a spontaneous abortion.
Twenty-eight percent disagreed and 10 percent selected “Don’t Know.”
Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said researchers did not use the term “abortifacient” in their questions, because even in high-profile cases focusing only on those drugs, the issue is widely reported in news media as a contraception issue, and most Americans don’t believe religious organizations should be allowed to opt out.
The survey found women more likely than men to “Strongly Agree” that all three organizational categories—businesses (48 percent vs. 37 percent); nonprofits (37 percent vs. 29 percent); Catholic and religious schools, hospitals and charities (36 percent vs. 26 percent)—should provide the coverage.
Younger Americans were the least likely (less than 10 percent) to “Strongly Disagree” with businesses and organizations being required to follow the mandate.
“The American public appears unaware or unconcerned that some religious organizations and family businesses indicate fear of losing the freedom to practice their faith under the new health-care regulations.”