A new survey found Latino Catholics overwhelmingly support abortion rights. Here’s why.

Catholicism will always be part of Leonor Villanueva’s life, even though she stopped regularly attending Mass when her parish began hosting anti-abortion speakers toward the end of service.

Villanueva recites Catholic prayers and honors family celebrations like baptisms and quinceañeras. And she still sees herself as Catholic, even though she disagrees with Catholic teaching about abortion and homosexuality.

“I can still have my faith without listening to what the church says,” Villanueva, 46, a Mexican American from California’s Central Valley, said. Daily religion news, straight to your inbox. Subscribe today.

Villanueva is far from alone.

With Roe v. Wade overturned, new data from the Washington, D.C.-based Public Religion Research Institute found that among Latino Catholics, 75% say abortion should be legal in most or all cases. That’s a big jump from the 51% who said so in 2010.

By contrast, a quarter of white evangelicals support legal abortion after the Roe reversal. Almost all white evangelical respondents said they’d like to see abortion banned after 15 weeks, and more than half said providing an abortion should be […]


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