An excerpt from today’s announcement by a coalition of pro-choice and anti-abortion faith leaders, urging the Institute of Medicine panel to include contraception as a preventative service in health care reform, without a co-pay requirement, from Faith in Public Life.

Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that 99% of women aged 15-44 who are sexually active have used a form of contraception, and two recent polls found extremely high support for contraception among evangelical Protestants, who are overwhelmingly opposed to abortion. An April 2010 survey found nearly 90 percent of evangelicals leaders said they approved of artificial methods of contraception, and a 2009 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in partnership with Gallup showed that 90 percent of evangelicals find hormonal/barrier methods of contraception to be morally acceptable for adults.