It’s been more than 24 hours since we found out Donald Trump is our next president, and in the wake of this announcement, lots of people are rightfully scared shitless. Trump has been outspokenly hateful towards people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and many other groups. He’s also promised an attack on women’s reproductive rights, which is why many women are scrambling to make plans to get long-term birth control.
A viral call on social media is encouraging women to get IUDs (if it is the right birth control choice for them) ASAP before a Trump administration moves to limit women’s options.
During his campaign, Trump told supporters he wants to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare, and appoint anti-choice judges to the Supreme Court. He also chose Mike Pence as his running mate. As governor of Indiana, Pence famously signed a law requiring women to bury or cremate aborted fetuses. The dude is sure as shit not down with protecting women’s rights to their own bodies.
The Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) currently requires insurance companies to provide free access to contraception, which is especially useful to low-income women. But once that goes away, who knows what will happen?
That’s why women are encouraging each other to get IUDs, particularly because they’re a safe and effective form of long-term birth control that would outlast President Trump’s first (and hopefully only) term.
An IUD is a t-shaped device that’s implanted in your uterus to prevent conception.
Hormonal IUDs, like Mirena or Skyla, can last anywhere from 3-5 years, while the copper Paragard IUD remains effective for up to 12 years. Most importantly, both types of IUDs are more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
It’s shitty that women have to live in fear, ticking down the days until the United States declares war on our bodies, but that’s the reality of a Trump presidency.
The Donald takes office on January 20, which means we have 69 days to get our uteruses in check. After that, we could lose access not only to affordable contraception, but also to legal abortion and even to basic healthcare services, like pap smears provided by Planned Parenthood.
The good news is that in September, the Obama administration signed a new rule that would prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood or any other family planning provider for political reasons.
Still, it’s not an exaggeration to say that policies championed by a Trump administration and Republican-lead Congress could set women back decades in terms of our reproductive rights.
Like so many other groups, we were counting on voters to stand up for our rights. That didn’t happen. So, once again, the onus is on women to protect ourselves from sexist, power-hungry assholes who want to launch an attack on our bodies.