For many women (although surprisingly not most white women) the fear of a Trump planet became very real earlier this month. For months leading up to the election, Donald Trump has said he would roll back or repeal Obamacare and threw out vague comments about women’s health. Who can forget when he said should abortion become illegal in the United States, women should be subject to “some form of punishment” if they still seek the procedure? Well, we all know that a few weeks ago Trump was voted in to serve as the 45th President of the United States and many women are reacting by getting long-term birth control in case his rhetoric becomes policy.
Right now, the Affordable Care Act requires that insurance companies cover birth control. If for some reason it’s too expensive, Planned Parenthood offers low-cost birth control as well. Since Donald Trump ran his campaign on replacing the ACA and defunding Planned Parenthood, women are rightly worried that their birth control may no longer be covered by insurance or financially available should Planned Parenthood lose funding. Daily Beast writer Erin Gloria Ryan suggested a perfect solution to this problem: get an IUD that will last as long as this administration would be able to be in office.
It’s actually pretty brilliant that you can, as Ryan describes it, keep your uterus “as vacant as Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat with one of these things”. According to the Daily Beast, IUD’s cost a whopping $500 to $900 before the Affordable Care Act classified them as preventative care. Thanks to a Republican-held Executive and Legislative branch, the chances of Obamacare being overturned are very high, which means that old cost would be back into place.
Women heard the call. Post-election, Planned Parenthood health centers saw a 900% increase in online appointments for birth control and Google search results skyrocketed for search terms like “should I get an IUD”. People also took to Twitter to spread the word.
IF YOU CAN GET PREGNANT: TRY TO GET AN IUD IN THE NEXT 70 DAYS WHILE YOU ARE STILL COVERED.— clare lyons (@seelions) November 9, 2016
Past week at Philly-area Planned Parenthood:— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) November 17, 2016
- 10x IUD requests
- 22x volunteer applications
- 40x donorshttps://t.co/45BD3w4xxS
Women’s health organizations are also taking note. Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley released a statement saying, “While we truly hope that birth control methods will be available, accessible, and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people’s real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women.” So get thee to a gynecologist to discuss if an IUD or other preventative care is right for you before Trump takes office on January 20th.