In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda commissioned the polling firm of Perry/Undem to survey Black women and men in 9 states on issues dealing with reproductive health, rights and justice. The polling data shows overwhelming support for reproductive health and rights policies, including abortion access, contraception and sex education.
- 80%+ believe that a woman’s ability to control whether or when she has children is an important part of financial stability for herself and her family.
- In almost every state, 80%+ agree that woman should have the right to make her own decision on abortion.
- A majority also agree that abortion should remain legal even if church leaders disagree (65% in Texas to 78% in CA and OH).
- A majority (79% to 86%) also agrees we should trust Black women to make decisions that are best for themselves and their families.
- Large majorities would support a loved one who had an abortion – more than half would give “a lot of” support.
- Very strong majorities want abortion care to be:
- Respectful of her decision (77% to 86% across the nine states)
- Affordable (85% to 89%)
- Directed by a doctor instead of a politician (92% to 97%)
On Sex Education:
- 90%+ want birth control included (a few points higher than abstinence)
- 81%-87% want pregnancy options, including abortion
- Majorities want sexual orientation – between 64% and 79%
- Support for gender identity is nearly identical to sexual orientation – 64% to 76%
On Contraceptive Access:
- 80%+ consider birth control part of basic health care coverage
- 80% agree that every woman should have full range of pregnancy care
- About 90% agrees with access through insurance even if her boss disagrees
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