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Does Religion Influence Contraception among Low-Income Hispanic Women in Texas? New TxPEP Research Brief

Mon, August 7, 2017
Does Religion Influence Contraception among Low-Income Hispanic Women in Texas? New TxPEP Research Brief
New TxPEP Research Brief.

TxPEP has published a new research brief, entitled "Does Religion Influence Contraception among Low-Income Hispanic Women in Texas?" The brief examines the role of religion in women’s contraceptive choices in a sample of low-income postpartum women in Texas, focusing on the experiences of 1,117 Hispanic women.

The brief finds that despite high levels of religious observance, only 6% of women said that their faith affected their contraceptive choices. Religion’s effect on women’s contraceptive choices was similarly low across all faiths.

The brief also finds that contraceptive practice is not reflective of contraceptive preference. Among all Hispanic women, 78% had a preference for the most effective methods of contraception (IUDs, implants, and female sterilization), while only 41% were using these methods six months after delivery.

The brief concludes that even among the small number of women who reported that religion affected their contraceptive choices at all, other factors such as their own health and the well-being of their families often outweighed religious considerations.

Read the full brief here.

(Published August 7, 2017)

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