Digging deeper into PRRI report reveals just how pro-life Hispanic Millennials are

By Dave Andrusko

PrriLogo1Most attention was spent on other results. But, for our purposes, what mattered most was that the report, as Luis wrote, “shows how Hispanic millennials (18-35) are far more pro-life than their white counterparts.”

As is always the case, there are follow up stories that have appeared over the past six days of the report’s release.

Latinpost.com is not particularly sympathetic (or at all) to the pro-life cause so the best way (from its perspective) to headline the results was “Latino Millennials Embrace Conservative Views on Abortion Care, But Reluctant to Label Themselves ‘Pro-Life’ or ‘Pro-Choice.’”

By that staff writer Nicole Akoukou Thompson meant when asked “How well do the terms ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ describe you,” more said pro-life than pro-choice but most chose “neither” (31%) or “both” (28%).

Labeling aside, what did younger Hispanics say about abortion’s legality? According to Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)

[M]ajorities of Hispanic Catholic (55%) and Hispanic Protestant millennials (61%) think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. [1]

We’ve already posted about how the survey questions under-report the level of pro-life support among all groups. You can read our analysis here.

There are other under-reported pro-life results about Hispanic Millennials that can be gleaned from “How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproductive Health.”

As Luis explained, “More than a quarter of the Hispanic respondents said that abortion was a critical issue to them, the largest percentage of all the ethnicities. They were most likely to view abortion as morally wrong (45%).” In addition, “55% also said that abortion should not be covered by most healthcare plans.”

Finally, 64% of Hispanic millennials “oppose making abortion available to young people age 16 or older without parental approval,” according to PRRI.

[1] “White evangelical Protestant millennials stand out as the group most opposed, with eight in ten (80%) saying abortion should be illegal in all or most cases,” PRRI reports. At the other end of the continuum, “79% of religiously unaffiliated millennials” said abortion should be “legal in all or most cases.”