November 14, 2016 — Women concerned about how conservative policies enacted under a Trump presidency could affect their reproductive health are encouraging each other to consider having an intrauterine device (IUD) or contraceptive implant placed before Trump takes office, the Washington Post's "Morning Mix" reports.
According to "Morning Mix," Trump during his campaign did not say he would prohibit birth control. However, he did pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides contraception among other health care services. In addition, Trump said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (PL 111-148), under which almost all insurance plans are required to cover all birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including IUDs.
Planned Parenthood's Raegan McDonald-Mosley said, "It's too early to tell if we'll see an uptick in requests for IUDs as a result of the election." However, she added, "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."
Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, denounced the politicization of health care and said the organization would continue providing care. "Health care should not be political," she said, adding, "Every morning, Planned Parenthood health center staff across the country wake up and open their doors ... to care for anyone who needs them, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, or country of origin" (Guarino, "Morning Mix," Washington Post, 11/10).