Despite the recent legislative attacks on women's health care, a new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling surveying 10 key states shows clear opposition to recent efforts to bar funding to Planned Parenthood. We were also happy to see that Illinois shows strong support to continue funding Planned Parenthood through Title X, the nation's family planning program. In addition to family planning, these funds go towards services such as life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, breast exams, HIV testing, and testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted infection. A few highlights from the poll results include:
-62 percent of Illinois voters oppose cutting federal funding for the nearly one million cervical cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood every year.
-60 percent of Illinois voters oppose cutting federal funding for birth control, which Planned Parenthood provides to 2.5 million patients every year.
-53 percent of Illinois voters disagree with discontinuing federal funds for Planned Parenthood health centers.
-47 percent of Illinois voters said they were less likely to vote for their Senator if he or she voted to bar federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
"Poll after poll shows that Americans across the country support Planned Parenthood and oppose efforts to cut off the critical preventative health services we provide," said Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Bright. “In the two weeks since the House voted to bar Planned Parenthood from any federal program, hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country have spoken out, called and e-mailed their members of Congress, told their personal stories online, and signed Planned Parenthood’s petition opposing that vote. Americans, especially women, have risen to Planned Parenthood’s defense in an incredible and overwhelming way.”
Clearly, many Americans know the value of the services that Planned Parenthood provides. Click here to join the nearly one million people who have signed the open letter to Congress. Let them know you stand with Planned Parenthood, and that women's health care is not something to be put on the backburner.
Read the full results of the poll here.