Date of Award

Winter 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice

Committee Director

Kathleen Slauson-Blevins

Committee Member

Mona Danner

Committee Member

Elizabeth Monk-Turner


As new legislation is regularly being introduced to minimize Roe v. Wade’s protection of women’s right to choose in a medical setting, it is imperative to study what predictors may have an impact on abortion attitudes within the demographic of medical students, as well as how these predictors impact one’s willingness to provide the service in the future. The current study then, uses data collected in 2000 and 2015 from a medical school located in Virginia, and in collaboration with a research university in the state to examine what factors are associated with a willingness to provide an abortion, as well as how these predictors have changed over a 15-year period. The findings of this study suggest that strength of one’s religious belief is a consistent predictor of abortion attitudes and willingness to provide.


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