on the eve of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” to roll back birth control coverage, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released new data clearly showing that American voters overwhelmingly support access to affordable birth control and understand that it is an issue of basic economic fairness and health, not religious liberty.
In internal polling conducted among likely voters earlier this month for PPFA and NWLC by Hart Research, nearly three in four voters (73 percent), including 80 percent of women and 78 percent of Independents, agreed that all women should have access to affordable prescription birth control and that cost should not be a barrier to using the most effective form of birth control. Additionally, when it comes to employers providing full coverage for prescription birth control, by a 20-point margin, 56 percent of American voters see this issue as a matter of women’s health care and access to birth control, not one of religious liberty. Independent voters’ views mirror those of voters overall, with 56 percent of independents saying that this is an issue of women’s health care and access to birth control.
(From the press release)