FRC Lecture to Unveil Demographic Analysis Challenging Common Beliefs About Abortion

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U.S. Rep. Chris Smith to discuss Importance of H.R. 7 Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) will host a webcast lecture to release the pro-life movement's first in-depth analysis of the demographics of abortion. The findings show that the number of women in the U.S. who have had an abortion is significantly less than previously thought. FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) director, Pat Fagan, Ph.D., will discuss these findings with Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus.

Findings that Dr. Fagan will discuss include:

* Almost 3/4 of abortions are to women who initiated sex at age 17 or younger (or two thirds to those 16 and younger)

* 40 percent of women who begin sexual intercourse very early (12-13-14) will have abortions

* There is no great difference by income status in the percentage of women who procure abortions.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has long chaired a number of bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life (30 years), Autism (14 years), Alzheimer's (12 years), Lyme Disease (eight years), Spina Bifida (eight years), Human Trafficking (eight years), Refugees (eight years) and Combating Anti-Semitism caucuses, and serves on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam. He is also the former executive director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee and a sponsor, in the current Congress, of H.R.7, which would prohibit federal funding of abortion. Rep. Smith is married to his wife of 35 years, Marie, and they have four grown children.

Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D. is director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America's social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree, a professional graduate degree in psychology (Dip. Psych.), as well as his Ph.D. from University College Dublin.

WHO:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)

Pat Fagan, Ph.D., Director, Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI)

WHAT: Webcast Lecture: "Abortion Myths and Facts: New Research Challenges Abortion Advocates' Claims"

WHEN: 12 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, January 15

WHERE: In Person: FRC Media Center, 801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001; Online: http://www.frc.org/eventregistration/abortion-myths-and-facts-new-research-challenges-abortion-advocates-claims

A light luncheon will be provided for in-person attendees.

This event falls one week before the annual March for Life, and FRC's annual ProLifeCon, the premier conference for the online pro-life community. For more information about ProLifeCon, visit: http://frc.org/prolifecon

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