Wonderful to share a Zoom room with a group of thoughtful interlocutors regarding women in ministry. Grateful to engage in dialogue across difference, informed by social science, with an eye toward community and understanding.
Great to see findings from the National Abortion Attitudes Study (NAAS) featured once again in The Washington Post. Though comic representations, reporter Hannah Good weaves through complex questions of who has abortions and why — alongside Americans’ perceptions gleaned from our interview data. Check out the Washington Post article here…and stay tuned for the publication of our related journal article, coauthored with sociologists Sarah Cowan and Kendra Hutchens!
Wonderful to visit Mexico City for the first time to deliver a talk (“Territorialidad y Desterritorialización de la Ciudad y la Parroquia”) to a gathering of Catholic bishops, priests, and lay leaders from México and beyond. Urban parishes were in the spotlight, addressed from a variety of lenses and geographic vantage points. I enjoyed the opportunity to connect and update research conducted for my book, Parish and Place — with a central focus on “personal parishes” serving specific, non-territorial Catholic populations and purposes. My Spanish was rusty but the audience was forgiving — grateful for enriching conversations and prospects for future collaboration! Thanks especially to Carlos Cardinal Aguiar Retes, Archbishop of México, for the invitation, and hosts Dr. Jesus Antonio Serrano and the Seminario Conciliar de México.
The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture (RAAC) just released the proceedings from its June 2022 gathering:
In June, many of the top scholars studying and teaching about religion in North America gathered in Indianapolis for the Seventh Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture. Proceedings from the sessions are now available online! Topics include: White Christian Nationalism in the United States; Religio-Racial Nationalisms in Global Contexts; Refugees and New Immigrants in the United States; Resonance and the Good Life; Religious Practice in a Digital Culture; Digital Scholarship and Teaching; Reproductive Rights; and Religious Freedom in the Age of Pandemic.
Among this insightful set of conversation-starters is my own contribution drawing upon insights from the National Abortion Attitudes Study. Talking to ordinary Americans about abortion + religion reveals the limits of absolutes and imperative to broaden our categories.
In midst of the changing legal landscape for abortion in the U.S., I appreciated the opportunity to reappear as a guest on Larry’s Rifkin’s podcast, America Trends. We talked through where things stand today and what can be learned from the comprehensive interview study my team conducted with ordinary Americans regarding how they think and feel about abortion.
Thanks to the Association of Pittsburgh Priests for the invitation to share findings from the National Study of Abortion Attitudes, complicating narrow depictions of where Americans (and American Catholics) stand on this complex issue. We had a great (Zoom!) turnout and rich conversation that is sure to continue.
As states deliberate abortion access and regulation in the wake of the new federal landscape, I wrote this new piece for TIME magazine to shed light on how ordinary Americans themselves think through these questions. Most of our interviewees in the National Abortion Attitudes Study didn’t hold much familiarity with state abortion laws (or the medical markers upon which they rest). Some may find themselves reviewing them more closely in the wake of the Dobbs decision.
Read my article — What Americans’ Complex Views on Abortion Mean for Its Legal Future.
The Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization raises important questions regarding policy in the context of abortion restrictions. Interviewing hundreds of Americans about abortion, we heard many allude to adoption as an alternative — lauding adoption success stories, personal connections, and need, while also leveling critiques at the high cost of adoption and perceived shortcomings of foster care. This report explores Americans’ overall adoption perceptions as well as narrowing in on ways that women facing unplanned pregnancies narrate their pregnancy decisions. Thanks to the Opt Institute for supporting this secondary analysis of my team’s in-depth interview data.
Thanks to the hosts and producers of the America Magazine podcast, Jesuitical, for inviting me on to talk through how Americans — and Catholics, in particular — think about abortion. It’s a timely conversation in light of the pending decision from the Supreme Court.
I’m excited to share my new article out in Time Magazine!
I share some takeaways from the National Abortion Attitudes Study (NAAS) in light of the Supreme Court leak — namely, that the pending ruling’s implications remain unclear amid the context of complex abortion attitudes held by most ordinary Americans.
I’m grateful to my research team (Bridget Ritz, Kendra Hutchens, Maureen Day, & Patricia Tevington) and the McGrath Institute at the University of Notre Dame as well as to each of our NAAS interviewees.
Read the article here! => We Asked Hundreds of Americans About Abortion. Their Feelings Were Complicated