Birth control is probably most often used to prevent unplanned pregnancies — but it also has numerous other benefits.
In fact, a new poll released today as part of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Thanks, Birth Control Day, more than 85% of all adults agree that birth control is an essential part of healthcare. What's more, 87% believed that everyone deserves the power to access the full range of birth control methods, no matter who they are or where they live.
"Birth control is a vital part of women’s health care and a vital part of women’s ability to decide their futures," Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of The National Campaign, said in a statement shared with Refinery29. "And it is popular: Virtually all women who have sex with men — 99% in fact — have used birth control at some point in their lives. That is why almost everybody loves birth control."
Thanks, Birth Control (or #ThxBirthControl), an initiative from the National Campaign, is in its fifth year of advocating for more birth control access for people across the nation.
"Birth control provides women — and men — the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant," Ehrlich said in the statement. "And as a result, it allows all young people to live their best lives. That is why we want everyone to say Thanks, Birth Control today. It is a day to celebrate all that birth control makes possible."