National poll: Overwhelming number of Americans support free birth control if Roe is struck down

Republicans might want to take note if they, as many of them have predicted, try to get SCOTUS decisions about birth control reversed in the wake of the loss of Roe v. Wade:

The wide-ranging YouGov poll also shows that among those respondents who support abortion rights, 91 percent believe birth control should be made free and widely available if abortion is outlawed. Among those who are anti-abortion rights, 61 percent agree. 

Twenty-one percent of women used birth control pills in 2018, making the contraceptive the second most common behind permanent contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion advocacy group. Birth control pills have consistently been one of the most popular methods of contraception since 1982. 

Despite the pill’s long history as an effective and safe contraceptive, more than 19 million women of reproductive age living in the U.S. are in need of publicly funded contraception and live in contraception deserts, according to Power to Decide, a reproductive rights advocacy group. 

Who is going to pay for the health care of all these unwanted children and their mothers? Who will pay to feed, house and clothe them when they are born to poor families? Who will suffer the result when children born into destitution and poor single mothers grow up to be, as many of them will be, anti-social teenagers and adults? At some point taxpayers will be on the hook for these costs, whether it’s during childhood, or as they enter into a dysfunctional adulthood after growing up in dysfunctional homes.

Apparently even most pro-life people understand that, if you outlaw abortion, you’re going to have to think about how to prevent these unwanted kids from being conceived in the first place.

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