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.
Happy #ThxBirthControl Day If birth control is your ride or die, your BFF, the true love of your life, take some time today to share the love for your method because we can *all* be grateful for the wonderful things it makes possible for women everywhere. pic.twitter.com/14yNtGRAiY
— Bedsider (@Bedsider) November 13, 2018
What we already know: Having affordable access to the full range of #contraception is critical for people deciding if and when they’d like to become parents, develop their careers, and plan for their futures. Join us to say #ThxBirthControl today! pic.twitter.com/OcwgLC0aDA
— Guttmacher Institute (@Guttmacher) November 13, 2018
For more than 50 years, birth control has been an essential part of women’s health and lives — and it has made a difference for millions of people. #ThxBirthControl pic.twitter.com/IjJUyI7P9j
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) November 13, 2018
Hillary Clinton tweeted about celebrating the day as well.
Reproductive rights are human rights. Women’s freedom to decide whether and when to have children is core to their liberty as human beings. Today, we celebrate the power to decide. https://t.co/wQLXOYFkwJ #ThxBirthControl
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 13, 2018
“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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