It’s ‘Thanks, Birth Control’ Day. Here’s How Many Americans Support Birth Control As Basic Health Care

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Almost 80 percent of Americans consider birth control to be a part of basic health care, according to a Tuesday study coinciding with the sixth annual “Thanks, Birth Control” Day.

Seventy-eight percent of adults surveyed regarded birth control as a basic part of women’s health care, the study found. The survey, conducted by “Power to Decide,” interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,016 U.S. respondents ages 18 and older from Aug. 21 to 26.

Sixty-six percent of Republicans and 93 percent of Democrats said they considered birth control to be a basic element of women’s health care, according to the survey.

Power To Decide is a campaign that seeks to help prevent unplanned pregnancies. The group “works to ensure that all young people — no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be — have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child,” according to its website.

The survey reported that 81 percent of survey respondents indicated support for easier access to birth control for adult women, and 75 percent of respondents supported protections for federal, state and local birth control funding. (RELATED: ‘Terrible Disservice To Women’s Rights’ — Here Are The Reactions To Serena Williams’ US Open Meltdown)

Women’s and reproductive rights groups tweeted in celebration of the day.


Hillary Clinton tweeted about celebrating the day as well.

“On Thanks, Birth Control Day, we give thanks for the many opportunities birth control has and continues to make possible in women’s lives,” Power to Decide CEO Ginny Ehrlich said in a statement. “Our polling reconfirms what we already know that the majority of people in the United Statessupport broad-based access and public funding for birth control.”

“Our policymakers need to understand that the majority of the public strongly support birth control as a part of women’s health,” Ehrlich added. “Our young people deserve nothing less.”

Power To Decide did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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