By Kayla Whatley
After Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election on November 8th, women are considering long lasting contraceptives like the intrauterine device, or IUD, since birth control might be less accessible once Trump is in office.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like access to contraceptives will be completely cut off for the next four years, but Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which covers contraceptive methods for women, as prescribed by a healthcare provider. Obamacare also states that plans must cover the services without a copayment when birth control is provided by an in-network provider. Donald Trump has not said what will replace the Affordable Care Act, but women are taking no chances.
In response to the uncertain future of affordable contraceptives, people have taken to social media to help inform and encourage women to consider an IUD before Trump takes office.
Google Trends showed a significant increase in searches for the terms “IUD”, “birth control” and “planned parenthood” just days after the election results. Women are worried and are acting quickly. Planned Parenthood of Illinois reported that the amount of online appointments for contraceptives like the IUD have risen nearly 50 percent since the election.
In addition to the fear of the rise in cost of birth control, there have been almost 80,000 donations to Planned Parenthood since the election, since it relies on public funding for nearly half of its revenue. This is because with Trump’s win and Republicans maintaining their control of Congress, lawmakers have an easier opportunity to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.
Mike Pence, the future vice president, has said he wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. In response, some have started to donate to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name so that he will directly receive a certificate of the donation.
Overall, if you read nothing else in this post, read the bullet points below. It is better to be informed, even if you do not want birth control personally.
Here are a few benefits of getting an IUD before a Trump presidency and also resources for more information:
- The Mirena IUD can last up to five years, conveniently long enough until the next presidential election.
- Getting one now will be significantly cheaper than any contraceptive if Trump repeals Obamacare
- Donate to Planned Parenthood here
- Visit here to make an appointment with Planned Parenthood
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Mehta, S. (2016, July 29). Roe vs. Wade Will Be Overturned if Donald Trump Wins, Mike Pence Says. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 20, 2016 from http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-democratic-convention-2016-live-pence-says-roe-v-wade-will-be-1469737388-htmlstory.html
Mincer, J. and Ingram, D. (2016, November 12). Trump Win Fuels Planned Parenthood Donation Surge. The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2016 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/planned-parenthood-trump-donations_us_5827a688e4b0c4b63b0d0116
Woodward, E. (2016, November 14). Celebrities Are Donating to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s Name. Buzzfeed. Retrieved November 20, 2016 from https://www.buzzfeed.com/elliewoodward/celebrities-are-donating-to-planned-parenthood-in-mike-pence?bftw&utm_term=.vdzZxZby3#.laOe7e2o1