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U.S. Adults Strongly Support Birth Control Use and Access 

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017

According to new public opinion polling released as part of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's Thanks, Birth Control Day, more than 85% of all adults agree that birth control is an essential part of health care.

The poll was conducted in conjunction with the 5th annual Thanks, Birth Control Day, which takes place today, Wednesday, November 15. Thanks, Birth Control Day aims to celebrate the game-changing benefits of birth control for women and to promote free and widespread access to birth control. The poll indicates that the vast majority of people in the United States support this notion, regardless of racial and ethnic background, age, or region of the country where respondents live. Birth control is not controversial -- it is worth celebrating.

"Birth control is a vital part of women's health care and a vital part of women's ability to decide their futures. And it is popular: virtually all women who have sex with men -- 99% in fact -- have used birth control at some point in their lives. That is why almost everybody loves birth control," said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, The National Campaign.

Additional polling results found that:

  • 83% of adults say they would support efforts or advocate for complete access to birth control if they knew that not everyone in the U.S. had access to the full range of methods.

  • 87% of adults agree that everyone deserves the power to access the full range of birth control methods, no matter who they are or where they live.

  • 77% of adults age 18-34 say they want to be part of a more positive national conversation about birth control and what it makes possible.

    "Birth control provides women -- and men -- the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant," Ehrlich said. "And as a result, it allows all young people to live their best lives. That is why we want everyone to say Thanks, Birth Control today. It is a day to celebrate all that birth control makes possible."

    The National Campaign encourages individuals nationwide to celebrate Thanks, Birth Control Day on Nov. 15 by posting on social media using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl. A series of shareable social media resources including digital postcards, animated GIFs, and sample social media language is available.

    There is also an extensive toolkit with resources for activating yourself, your networks, your community, and your elected officials available at

    You can also get involved by joining our Thunderclap, or participating in the #ThxBirthControl Twitter chat at 2 p.m. EST on November 15, co-hosted by Refinery29.

    "Together we shout our support for access to birth control for all women from the rooftops by saying #ThxBirthControl!" Ehrlich stated. "No drama. Just love for accessible, affordable, and effective contraception for all."

    About The National Campaign: The National Campaign is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.

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