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Poll: A Third Of Women Fear Efforts To Control Reproductive Rights

According to a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than four in 10 women have taken action in response to recent dustups on women's reproductive health issues.

Reuters: U.S. Women See Assault On Reproductive Rights: Poll
About one-third of American women believe there is a broad effort under way to limit their access to reproductive services including contraception, family planning and abortion, according a poll released on Thursday. … But the survey of 1,218 adults, conducted by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, said reproductive rights have not become a hot-button presidential campaign issue for women, who see the economy and jobs are far more important topics for Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney (Morgan, 5/31).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Poll: 42% Of Women Take Action In Contraception Debates
More than four in 10 women have taken action, such as donating money or trying to change a friend's opinion, in response to recent controversies over women's reproductive health issues, according to a new survey (Carey, 5/31).

National Journal: Women Fear Efforts To Control Reproductive Rights: Poll
Separately, the survey shows that fewer Americans support the 2010 health care reform law. The poll finds that more than 40 percent of women have taken action on reproductive health issues in the last six months, including trying to persuade others; donating money to a nonprofit organization that works on reproductive health issues; or contacting an elected official. Those numbers varied only a little by political ideology (Sanger-Katz, 5/31).

Politico Pro: Poll: Women Watch Contraception Battles
Guess who's been taking note of the "war on women." Women. And, for that matter, a fair number of men. According to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 31 percent of U.S. women think the nation is witnessing a "wide-scale effort" to curtail women's access to services such as contraception and abortion — and most of them see that as a negative development. Another 45 percent say they think some groups are taking action to reduce choices in reproductive health, but stop short of thinking of it as "wide-scale" (Smith, 5/31).

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