As national attacks on health care and Planned Parenthood patients continue, new polling data confirms Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood and access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health care services, including safe, legal abortion.
This poll, commissioned by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund and conducted by EMC research, reinforces the fact that voters reject any scheme that blocks patients from basic health care. We saw this in action when Americans mobilized and defeated Trumpcare – and we’re seeing it again in these findings.
Here are some highlights from the poll.
Massachusetts Voters Stand with Planned Parenthood:
74% of Massachusetts voters view Planned Parenthood favorably, with 56% holding a strongly favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood.
Additionally, 73% of voters support government funding for Planned Parenthood, which has been targeted in every version of legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act.
78% of voters say they favor candidates who support Planned Parenthood, including 23% who say a candidate “must support Planned Parenthood” to earn their vote.
Massachusetts Voters Want Everyone to Have Access to Reproductive Health Care:
92% of voters believe contraception is a basic preventive service that should be affordable for everyone, and 81% support passage of a state law guaranteeing no-copay insurance coverage of contraception.
90% of voters support government funding to help low-income individuals access family planning services such as birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings.
A strong majority of voters believe abortion should remain legal, with 53% saying abortion should be a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider and an additional 16% indicating that their personal opposition to abortion does not trump their belief that government should not prevent a woman from making her own medical decisions.
Government funding to help low-income individuals access abortion services is supported by 67% of voters. Only 10% of voters view abortion as wrong and say it should be illegal.
Massachusetts voters have made clear that they don’t think a person’s ability to access the care they need should depend on where they live, how much money they make, or what their employer or Congressperson thinks.
We’re going to harness this support to urge our state lawmakers to pass legislation like the Contraceptive ACCESS bill which would protect and improve access to birth control in Massachusetts – regardless of what happens nationally. We’ll also fight back against any and all efforts to restrict access to reproductive health care – including safe, legal abortion – in the state.
Are you part of the majority of Massachusetts voters who stand with Planned Parenthood? Here are a few ways you can help us make local progress on reproductive rights and health care access.
- Email your state lawmakers and ask them to prioritize and pass the Contraceptive ACCESS bill.
- Call Senator Warren and Senator Markey and thank them for opposing Trumpcare and standing with Planned Parenthood.
- Share this blog post on Facebook and Twitter – and let your friends know you are part of the majority of Massachusetts voters who stand with Planned Parenthood!