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ONE YEAR SINCE TRUMP’S ELECTION: NATIONAL POLL SHOWS VOTERS HAVE MAJOR CONCERNS OVER ADMINISTRATION POLICIES ON ABORTION, WOMEN’S HEALTH

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October 18, 2017

Contact: Brandon Gassaway / brandon@conwaystrategic.com / c: 202.888.6169

Resistance to Trump agenda mounts with major victories in IL, OR, and nationwide events

Washington D.C.– New polling data released today from Hart Research Associates reveals voters’ significant concerns about Trump Administration policies that limit abortion coverage and access to contraception, and a recognition of the impact they have on women’s economic security. Eighty-five percent (85%) of voters agree that a woman who is able to make decisions about her own reproductive healthcare, including whether and when to have children, has more control over her own economic security. Additionally, the poll shows a majority of voters (55%) support Medicaid coverage of the full range of reproductive health, including abortion.

Further findings regarding the public’s views on the connections between women’s reproductive healthcare and economic security include:

  • 76% of voters agree that “Ensuring that a woman can get insurance coverage for reproductive healthcare–such as birth control, pregnancy tests, prenatal care, and abortion–is an important part of ensuring that she has equal economic opportunities.”
  • 65% of voters agree that “denying a woman the full range of healthcare, including abortion, jeopardizes her economic well-being and her ability to determine her own future. “
  • 56% of voters believe that it is a big concern that the “Trump administration is promoting policies that make it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy and impossible to get an abortion, while also penalizing women for having children.”

A memo detailing the poll findings can be found here.

“The 2016 election was a wake-up call for many of us but I’m proud to say that women, young people, and people of color answered the call,” said Destiny Lopez, Co-Director, All* Above All. “We have lifted coverage bans in two states, expanded our nationwide movement, and we will continue to fight for a future where the Hyde Amendment no longer punishes low-income people.”

“Women in this county are fighting for a fair shot to support their families and build a brighter future for themselves,” said Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. “People from all walks of life understand that denying a woman coverage for the full range of healthcare, including birth control and abortion, jeopardizes her economic well-being. Women, workers, all of us share a stake in the future of reproductive health care in the U.S.”

To mark one year since Trump’s election and the dawn of a new resistance movement, All* Above All is joined by more than 50 national, state, and local organizations hosting more than 150 events across the country. These events, held in activists’ homes, college campuses, and local businesses and community centers from November 4th – November 11th, will bring communities together and reinvigorate activism to build a future where the Hyde Amendment no longer punishes low-income people by banning insurance coverage for abortion.

To support this effort All* Above All is launching an aggressive print and digital advertising campaign including social media, homepage takeovers, and more. The campaign will serve to raise the visibility of the state victories and offer a BOLD vision for the future.

Anti-abortion politicians from the White House to state houses have been relentless in their attempts to take away health coverage and shut down abortion clinics. Despite this, Illinois and Oregon blazed a trail and passed legislation to lift or expand Medicaid coverage for the full range of women’s healthcare, including abortion. The Reproductive Health Equity Act in Oregon and House Bill 40 in Illinois overcame tremendous odds to protect health and personal decision making and serve as an example that justice can still be achieved no matter who occupies the White House.

“The people of Illinois showed the nation that with hard work and tremendous dedication, we can   lift abortion bans, and do so with bipartisan support,” said Lorie Chaiten, Director of Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois. “We hope this signals to other states what is possible when we come together and fight for justice.”

“In the age of Trump, we have proven on the local, state, and national level that grassroots activism can achieve big goals and roll back abortion coverage bans in this country,” said Marcela Howell, Founder and Executive Director, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “With justice and willpower on our side there is no limit to what we can achieve.”

“Latinas are often hit hardest by restrictions on abortion care and coverage,” said Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. “We’re also leaders in the resistance. From the stoops of New York City to the colonias of the Rio Grande Valley, Latinas are fighting against abortion coverage bans and for a future with health, dignity, and justice for ourselves, our families, and our communities.”

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About All* Above All

All* Above All unites organizations and individuals, including 130 partner organizations, to build support for lifting bans that deny abortion coverage.  Our vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it. Learn more at allaboveall.org and follow our social media at @allaboveall.

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