Texas lawmakers are considering various bills affecting women’s access to birth control in the state, including whether to reverse the drastic cuts the Legislature made to family planning services for low-income women in 2011. So we wanted to drill deeper into the numbers from last month’s Texas Freedom Network Education Fund statewide poll. To our knowledge, this is the first public poll since the 2011 legislative session that examines what registered Texas voters think about the issue. Today let’s look at how Democrats, Republicans and political independents view the importance of access to birth control. The numbers represent percentages of those who think access is extremely or very important.
As you can see, most Texans don’t see access to birth control as a “culture war” issue. They see it as common sense.