June 21, 2012 — Nearly three-fourths of voters support women's access to affordable prescription contraception, according to a poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood and the National Women's Law Center, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.
The poll asked whether respondents agreed that "we should do everything we can to make sure that people who want to use prescription birth control have affordable access to it, and that cost is not an obstacle."
Among respondents who supported the statement, 54% identified themselves as "pro-life" and 66% said they were Catholic. Fifty-five percent of supporters "strongly" agreed with the statement.
The poll comes a day after a government report linked use of more-effective birth control methods to declining pregnancy and abortion rates for women in their early 20s (Viebeck/Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 6/20).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
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Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
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