Regardless of race, age, or religion, virtually every American woman who's ever had sex has also used some form of birth control. Yet efforts to block millions of women's access to contraception have reached new heights. Below, a quick reality check on just how widespread (and uncontroversial) contraception use is for the overwhelming majority of American women.
We Are the 99 Percent
Contraceptive use among American women of reproductive age who have had sex (2006-2008). Note: Excludes natural family planning
The Body Politic
American women ages 15–44 who have had sex and used contraception, by race (2006-2008)
By Any Means Necessary
Contraceptive methods used by American women ages 15–44 who have had sex (2006-2008)
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