Women Are Brainstorming Birth Control Options To Prepare For The Next Four Years
Among the many harrowing realities of the impending Donald Trump presidency, women arefearing a set of new restrictions on birth control access. Trump made "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act a major staple of his campaign platform, and with that potential repeal comes an entirely new wave of attacks against women's health, and in the gravest danger is affordable, reliable access to birth control. With that nightmare now becoming a reality, women are brainstorming DIY birth control options, in the event that this misogynist-turned-president leaves them with no other choice.
And truly, the choices are looking grim. Trump has made clear that he will work to repeal Obamacare, which requires that insurers cover the cost of birth control as a measure of preventative care. He repeatedly used his campaign platform to lie about birth control and abortion, from suggesting that birth control should only be available as an out-of-pocket expense (a surefire way to make prices skyrocket) to asserting that women willingly receive abortions just days before birth.
Mike Pence likewise slashed women's health funding while he was governor of Indiana, and even signed an unthinkable bill that would have held some abortion care providers accountable for wrongful death.
Since the reality of a Trump presidency has begun to settle in, women on Twitter have been suggesting alternatives to the standard birth control pill. While the IUD has been a popular suggestion, as its shelf life would outlast Trump's four years in office, some have gotten depressingly creative:
If Trump's out-of-pocket birth control plan is enacted, these tips could save both money and lives. Planned Parenthood delved into Trump's stance on birth control, and what his presidency could do for its access:
As we've seen in the hours since Trump's victory was officially called, it's more important now than ever to protect yourself. Researching your birth control options — and finding the safest choice — is absolutely imperative.