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Why everyone is talking about getting an IUD right now

No one really knows what, exactly, last night’s news means for women’s health and reproductive rights yet, but we have some hints. We know Donald Trump is pro-life and wants to defund Planned Parenthood. We know he’s pledged to ask Congress to end the Affordable Care Act on his first day as president — seriously, here’s a quote from his website: “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” Couldn’t be clearer than that.

The ACA is vital for thousands of reasons, one of which is that yearly visits to the gynecologist and birth control are covered without a copay. Also, it did away with annual or lifetime dollar amounts on health care benefits, which is vital for those who have chronic health conditions, and also ended the insane guideline that allowed insurers to deny health care to those with preexisting conditions. And the list goes on.

More: Benefits of an IUD

If he’s successful in nixing the ACA — and he likely will be — it may no longer be free (with insurance) to access many aspects of women’s health care, and it might become exceedingly difficult to get an abortion. And that’s why Twitter is blowing up today about the importance of going out and getting yourself a lasting birth control option ASAP — namely, an IUD.

Trump has gone on the record to say he’s pro-life. “I’m totally against abortion, having to do with Planned Parenthood,” he said during a CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on Feb. 25. Though he acknowledged that Planned Parenthood is important — “Millions and millions of women — cervical cancer, breast cancer — are helped by Planned Parenthood,” he said — in the next breath, he denounced it. “I wouldn’t fund it. I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don’t know what percentage it is. They say it’s 3 percent. But I would defund it because I’m pro-life. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.” 

Yep. Those are the illustrious words of the president-elect. So — if you were thinking of securing some lasting birth control, now’s the time to consider an IUD.

More: Everything you ever wanted to know about the IUD

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