African Americans overwhelmingly support keeping abortion legal, ensuring access to affordable contraceptives and teaching comprehensive sex education. Strong majorities also believe that publicly-funded contraception should be available to those who need it and that abortion should be available from health care providers in their communities. The attitudes are broadly shared across age, gender, education, income, ideology and religion.
These are some of the findings of a new poll of African Americans on reproductive health issues by Belden Russonello Strategists (BRS) sponsored by a Reproductive Justice Communications Strategies group that includes Black Women for Wellness, Black Women's Health Imperative, New Voices Pittsburgh, SisterLove, Inc., SPARK Reproductive Justice and individual Reproductive Justice activists, in partnership with Communications Consortium Media Center.
African Americans view contraception, screenings and treatment for cervical and breast cancers, care for pregnant women, and screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted disease, including HIV as part of a woman’s basic health care.
African Americans say abortion should remain legal.
African Americans say we should trust women to make the right decisions about themselves.
African Americans (94%) support making publicly-funded contraception available for low-income people who want it, including 79% who agree strongly.
African Americans overwhelmingly support comprehensive sex education.
African Americans are willing to take their own teens to get birth control.
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Source: Communications Consortium Media Center
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