A rash of birth control fears is striking women as they urgently schedule appointments with their gynecologists.
Women are frantic about making sure they ensure birth control measures are in place before any changes regarding their health care coverage ensue following Trump’s election as president of the United States, USA Today reports. Women are telling each other to make sure they get birth control within the next 70 days. The reason? A provision under Obamacare covers them until at least that time.
Under the Affordable Care Act, women are permitted to receive 18 FDA-approved types of birth control at no out-of-pocket cost. Women are worried that contraceptive costs will surge and that limited access to Planned Parenthood will occur. Approximately 2.5 million women a year depend on Planned Parenthood for birth control and other services, including STD testing, screenings for cancer, counseling, annual exams, and abortions.
Women are scrambling to get birth control that will outlast the Trump presidency. pic.twitter.com/NVxH8Mz1uF
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 10, 2016
It’s unknown if Trump’s administration will ease the birth control scare once his administration gets into the White House, but women aren’t taking any chances. What’s known for certain is that Trump plans to repeal Obamacare and wants to pull government funds to Planned Parenthood.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence previously supported a bill as Indiana’s governor to halt federal funds to Planned Parenthood and pushed to pass legislation restricting abortions.
Donald Trump pledged in his campaign to retract funds to Planned Parenthood “as long as you have the abortion going on.” The Republican president-elect sent a letter to pro-life groups stating this. He assured them that he’d do everything he could to restrict abortions and funding to organizations that provide abortion services. Moreover, he fully intends to elect pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Resounding support across the nation exists for birth control, according to Ginny Ehrlich, the CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. A study conducted by the organization reveals that 81 percent agree that if abortion is opposed, birth control should be 74 supported. In that survey, 74 percent were Republicans and 86 percent were Democrats.
“Coverage matters. It matters a lot,” Ehrlich said. “It’s no secret that we’ve seen unprecedented declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, and in unplanned birth rates across all age groups and coverage is a big part of that.”
ABC News reports that in the hours after Donald Trump became the president-elect, women were doing online searches of long-lasting birth control devices, such as IUDs. The top queries searched online after the election Tuesday were “iud Trump” and “get an iud now.”
Obamacare’s free birth control appears to be one of the *easiest* parts to repeal — doesn’t even need Congress. https://t.co/qBEq8bIXI9
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) November 10, 2016
IUDs can last up to four or five years — in some cases more. The bottom line is that women urgently seeking birth control want something that can last four years, the span of one presidential term. An IUD is the most effective form of contraceptive for this type of birth control.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all option for birth control, however. Some women are also urging others to seek four year’s worth of contraceptives if at all possible.
IUDs come in either a copper “T” or hormone-releasing implant. That can potentially last as long as a two-term Trump presidency, ABC News reports. This form of contraception is placed inside the uterus and can be removed at any time. According to the CDC, it has a less than 1 percent failure rate.
With all of the pandemonium surrounding the multiple issues Donald Trump plans to change, women on Obamacare fear their no out-of-pocket cost birth control will come to an abrupt end after Election Day.
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