71 Percent of Millennials Believe Birth Control Is a Moral Right
It's been said that the millennial generation is the most pro-sexual health in history because of increased support for contraceptives and sex education. Millennials tend to brush off traditional religious beliefs when it comes to sex, and new research by the Public Religious Research Institute further proves that.
According to the research, seven out of ten, or 71 percent, of millennials (men and women) believe that the usage of birth control is morally acceptable, while only 9 percent say it is morally wrong. In the survey, 2,314 individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 were asked to answer multiple questions about reproductive health and sexuality.
As for emergency contraception, or the "morning after" pill, more than half (55 percent) of millennials believe a prescription should not be required to obtain it; 40 percent believe it should be a requirement.
Access to birth control is also extremely important to millennials. Eighty-one percent want all women to have access to contraception, even if they cannot afford it. Support for increasing access to birth control was across all racial, ethnic, religious, and political groups.
"Majorities of both women and men in the millennial generation believe access to contraception is critical, not just for reproductive health, but also for the financial well-being of women," said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.
Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She's a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn
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