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How Do Americans Think and Feel About Abortion?

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Topic: Findings from the Notre Dame McGrath Institute Abortion Attitudes Study
Speaker: Jessica Keating
Date and time: Tuesday, October 20, 10 am 

Hear the findings from “How Americans Understand Abortion: A Comprehensive Interview Study of Abortion Attitudes in the U.S.”

This landmark study is unique in its approach and sample. While most interview-based studies on abortion include only activists in social movements, people with personal experiences of abortion, and affiliates of particular religious traditions, this study draws from a cross-section of everyday Americans, many of whom had never spoken with someone about abortion before.

In this free report, ‘How Americans Understand Abortion’:

  • Learn how ordinary Americans think about the issue of abortion
  • Discover what Americans know and don’t know about abortion
  • Explore possibilities for new approaches to conversations about abortion

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame partnered with sociologist Tricia Bruce to produce this in-depth report. It is a must-read for anyone committed to understanding not only what Americans believe about abortion, but also how they think about it.


Jess Keating directs the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. In her role, she leads the Institute’s research, education, and outreach efforts on the nature and dignity of the human person and contemporary threats to the sanctity of life. Jess also collaborates schools and dioceses to develop innovative educational content and strategies to integrate a pedagogy of life across the academic disciplines.

Jess originally hails from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. She completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sociology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Masters of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. In addition to her work with the Institute, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Notre Dame.