There have been a number of polls trying to tap the pulse of the American public on opinions related to the birth control question. A CBS/New York Times Poll (Feb. 8-13, 2012) showed in response to the question, "Do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female patients?" that 66 percent were in support and 26 percent opposed. When queried about “for religiously-affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university?” the response was 61 percent in support and 26 percent opposed. The Quinnipiac University Poll (Feb. 14-20, 2012) asked, “Do you think that health insurance plans should cover birth control as preventative care for women or not?” and found that 71 percent felt it should and 24 percent felt it should not. When asked if the “federal government should require private employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans or not?” 47 percent felt employers should, while 48 percent felt employers should not.
The vote on tabling the Blunt Amendment resulted in the bill being defeated by a vote of 51-48.
Wondering if this was the beginning of the end of a prolonged conflict about health coverage for birth control, I reached out to Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of University Women. She responded via e-mail, “In a perfect world, the defeat of the Blunt Amendment would put an end to this nonsense.