Women all over the U.S. are scheduling appointments with their gynecologists following the election of Donald Trump as the next president.
Women in the U.S. are encouraging others to see their gynecologists, saying “You have 70 days,” out of fear of restrictions Trump’s administration may put on birth control during his presidency.
Under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare, women have access to 18 types of FDA-approved birth control at no cost out of pocket. In a Trump presidency, many women fear Trump, who has vowed to repeal Obamacare, will revoke access to birth control, or that prices will skyrocket and it will be difficult to access service providers, such as Planned Parenthood.
In addition to Trump’s own promises to repeal the ACA, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has worked in the past to block funding to Planned Parenthood and to pass laws restricting abortions in Indiana, where he was governor.
Trump has said during his campaign that he does not plan to fund Planned Parenthood, which serves 2.5 million people annually. Planned Parenthood offers access to birth control, as well as many services, including tests for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, abortions and counseling.
According to BuzzFeed, many women have been sharing on social media that they plan to get an IUD, a reversible method of birth control, while they are still covered under the ACA. Without insurance, it can cost $1,000.
“Making an appointment to get a 10 year IUD this week cause who knows what’s going to happen to my reproductive rights,” one woman wrote on Twitter.
“IF YOU CAN GET PREGNANT: TRY TO GET AN IUD IN THE NEXT 70 DAYS WHILE YOU ARE STILL COVERED,” another woman warned in a tweet.
Gunny Ehrlich, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, spoke to KPNX about the importance of women having coverage for birth control.
“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.”
Sources: KPNX, BuzzFeed / Photo credit: Duramed Pharmaceuticals via KPNX