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IUD, But You Do You

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Worried about your reproductive rights? Here’s what to do.

Yes, an America that puts Donald Trump and Mike Pence at its helm is not one that promises to be kind to women.

Trump is a self-admitted sexual assailant. His stance on abortion throughout the presidential debates was vociferously oppositional, and he once suggested — albeit vaguely — that women should be punished for having them.

Earlier this year, Vice President-elect Mike Pence signed an anti-abortion omnibus bill that was impressive for the “kitchen sink” nature of its many restrictions.

Both are steadfastly committed to quickly overturning the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to cover birth control.

So what can you do, as a woman?

  • Know your rights to copay-free birth control for as long as the ACA is intact.
  • Looking for more information about the different options? I love Bedsider!
  • I personally recommend the IUD. It’s about 99 percent effective against unintended pregnancy, and lasts longer than a presidential term! Here’s how it works:

  • Don’t have a regular doctor to talk to? Uninsured? Call your local Planned Parenthood.
  • If you do have a regular gynecologist and health insurance, consider giving to Planned Parenthood for the women who do not. They — and all of us — will need those services even more in years to come, I promise you that.