Common ground on abortion

April 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Association of Evangelicals has posted a video on sex, pregnancies and abortions among evangelicals it says is meant to reduce abortions.

"Nearly 9 out of 10 evangelicals believe abortion is a serious problem for our country," the 90-second video on the organization's Web site says. "Abortion isn't just a political issue. You may not know it, but abortions are in your church, your school, and your community. And it's time to start talking about it. It's time to do something to reduce abortion in our communities and churches."

The association established the NAE Generation Forum -- Faith, Sex & Life to explore the potential for evangelical Christians to be involved in collaborative efforts to reduce the number of abortions in the United States by finding common ground.

"A 2009 survey found 80 percent of single self-identified evangelicals between the ages of 18-29 have had sex -- 64 percent of them have had it in the last year," the video says. "Thirty percent of unmarried evangelicals have been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant a 2010 survey found, while a (Guttmacher Institute) study found 32 percent of all unplanned pregnancies among evangelicals end in abortion.

"We can converse and cooperate without compromising our bedrock principles," the Web site says. "It's time to generate a real, honest and productive dialogue among parties of goodwill."

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