SPOKANE, Wash. - The presidential election has some women worried they may lose access to birth control. Many women are planning ahead, trying to find a long-term birth control method that will outlast Donald Trump's presidency.
In the days following the election, many women were taking to social media to encourage each other to get to their gynecologists. In fact, Google searches for the term "IUD" spiked after November 8.
Women in our community are rushing to see their doctors in fear their birth control access will dwindle once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
"We've seen a 25 percent increase in appointments just since the election and an 81 percent increase in women who are asking about long-term birth control methods," Frances Jones, Planned Parenthood Manager of Clinical Systems, said.
Planned Parenthood says many women are now trying to get an intrauterine device, more commonly called an IUD, a type of birth control that can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years and is more than 99 percent effective.
If Trump does repeal Obamacare, more than 20 million Americans would be left without insurance, but he's recently seemed reluctant to repeal the entire law.
"Are you going to make sure that people with preexisting conditions are still covered," Trump was asked in a 60 Minutes interview.
He responded saying, "Yes, because that happens to be one of the strongest assets."
Planned Parenthood considers birth control basic healthcare for women, so they hope to see access improved upon rather than rolled back.
"We don't know what's happening yet, but we do know Planned Parenthood will remain strong," Jones said. "We've been around for 100 years. 100 years strong and we'll continue to be strong."
Experts and medical providers have pointed out that access to healthcare hasn't changed yet, and might not even after Trump takes office. Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is through January 31.
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