Which of the following philosophies have the bigger influence on abortion? Choose one:
The average American evangelical will probably think that one is a no-brainer. And the home-schooled, large-family, submit-to-your-husband crowd even more so.
Here are two of a myriad of people who disagree:
Patriarchal societies are part of the problem of altered sex ratios, female infanticide and foeticide. This needs to be acknowledged and changed. – K. S. Jacob in TheHindu
Gita Aravamudan uses the tools of investigative reporting to expose the imperatives that drive this horrific phenomenon (of killing and aborting daughters). She unravels an appalling story of deeply embedded and destructive patriarchal beliefs… – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
I think that, if you take both words in the broadest sense, K. S. Jacob is right. It is poor countries with very definite and hierarchal gender roles (patriarchy in the broad sense), like India and China, that have the highest abortion numbers. Near-equal gender rights (feminism in the broad sense) often overlaps with a smaller, wealthy country with a much smaller number of abortions.
I agree that the American ideology of Christian Patriarchy probably do not increase the abortion rate, at least in their own midst. But neither does egalitarian Christianity.
This is an unjust accusation:
Some modern-day feminists fought for abortion rights.
Egalitarians are feminists.
Ergo, if you are pro-life, oppose egalitarianism.
About as unjust as this one will be:
Patriarchal societies often have a much higher abortion number than non-patriarchal societies. In fact, some of them, most notably India and China, is infamous for sex-selective abortions.
Complementarians are patriarchal.
Ergo, if you are pro-life, oppose complementarianism.
But I do not see anyone forwarding the latter. Egalitarians are probably too honest for such dirty, underhanded tricks.
(Edit, 11 Feb.: Realizing how unreliable abortion statistics from some countries are, I worded my comment in a less sweeping way. )