New poll: Republican primary voters strongly support easy access to safe birth control

A new poll shows a strong majority of likely Republican primary voters support easy access to safe birth control while backing the recent Roe vs. Wade reversal. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | license photo

July 19 (UPI) — A new poll conducted after the Roe vs. Wade reversal shows Republican primary voters overwhelmingly support safe and accessible birth control.

The poll was commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice between July 5 and July 7, before Democrats introduced Protecting Access to Contraception Act HR 8373 in the US House of Representatives.

According to OnMessage’s Wes Anderson, who conducted the poll, 84% of likely Republican primary voters supported safe access to contraception, with 74% explicitly supporting it.

“Our poll examined the impact of a post-Roe political environment on the Republican grassroots, particularly around safe contraception,” Anderson said in a statement. “While a strong majority of the GOP grassroots support the recent Dobbs decision, they are almost universally opposed to restricting access to contraceptives.”

The Supreme Court last month ruled 6-3 ending federal abortion protections granted by Roe v. Wade in its ruling of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Since then, a number of states have restricted access to abortion.

Earlier this month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Protecting Access to Contraception Act to guarantee Americans access to birth control.

“When it comes to our reproductive freedom, it is clear that this far-right Supreme Court will not stop depriving us of our right to a safe and legal abortion,” Jayapal said in a statement introducing the bill.

“Access to contraception is critical to limiting unwanted pregnancies. We’re already seeing efforts by state and local governments to shut down access to contraception,” Jayapal said.

“The claim that the GOP wants to restrict birth control is yet another pernicious hoax intended to instill fear and distract from real concerns,” IWV CEO Heather R. Higgins said in a statement Tuesday. “Conservatives understand real women’s concerns and the importance we place on safe birth control.”

The IWV poll also found that Republican voters make a clear distinction between methods of birth control, such as the pill and IUDs, and drugs used to terminate pregnancy.

Nearly 83% of likely Republican voters who identify themselves as pro-life agree that supporting legal and accessible contraception is a pro-life position.

“The left deliberately misrepresents what conservatives believe and what the Supreme Court said in the Dobbs decision,” Higgins said. “The court’s decision in no way affects the availability of safe birth control, which GOP voters almost unanimously see as a good thing.”

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