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Women urging one another to get an IUD before Trump takes office


Panicked women are flocking to their doctors to get birth control that will last them for the length of the Trump administration for fear their reproductive rights will be threatened under the GOP president.

Women on social media broadcast their plans to rush out and get an intrauterine device – or IUDs – before Trump is sworn in on Jan. 21. The birth control method is effective for up to 10 years.

“Making an appointment to get a 10 year IUD this week who knows what’s going to happen to my reproductive rights,” Katherine Williams posted to Twitter.

Women seeking birth control have reason to fear for the future. President-elect Donald Trump ran a staunchly pro-life campaign, at one point suggesting that women could be prosecuted if they got an abortion. He later backtracked on the extreme stance.

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His vice president, Mike Pence, has a poor record with reproductive rights in his home state of Indiana, where he’s waged war against Planned Parenthood clinics and tried to strip them of federal funding.

Birth control is currently free under Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act – but Trump has pledged to dismantle the health care program as soon as he gets into the White House. About 22 million Americans will be uninsured if the law is repealed and women will have fewer birth control options.

“Literally just told hubby I’m gonna have to get an IUD before we lose our insurance the right to choose,” Cece Robyn tweeted.

The IUD is a long-acting, reversible birth control method involving inserting a device into the cervix, which prevents pregnancy anywhere from five to 10 years. Other long term methods of birth control include implants, which are inserted under the skin and can prevent pregnancy for up to four years.

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Planned Parenthood vowed to keep providing reproductive services to women during the Trump administration despite a threat to their funding.

“Every day, our staff wake up and open their doors. They will do so today, they will do so tomorrow, every day as they have for 100 years,” the organization tweeted on Wednesday.

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