The demand for the services of Planned Parenthood, specifically the request for IUDs has skyrocketed since the election. Women are worried about their reproductive rights, and justly so as our VP-elect has made a career of opposing the reproductive rights of women and trying to overturn existing laws and access to services. The incoming administration has vowed to nominate Supreme Court Justices working to overturn Roe v. Wade and shut down Planned Parenthood and getting it completely defunded. As such, women around the country are scrambling to Planned Parenthood to access services while they still can.
As reported via Alternet:
Since Donald Trump was elected two months ago (dear god, it feels like it’s been two years), many women have become increasingly worried about their reproductive rights and access to adequate health care. Trump and his partner in crime, VP-elect Mike Pence (who’s dedicated much of his career to fighting reproductive rights), have made it very clear they intend to nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn and will stop at nothing to defund Planned Parenthood. Because of this, demand for IUDs has skyrocketed since the election.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards went on CNN Monday to talk about the upcoming Women’s March on Washington and, naturally, contraception came up. “We’ve had a 900 percent increase in women trying to get into Planned Parenthood to get an IUD,” Richards told Christiane Amanpour. “Because they’re desperately concerned that they might lose their access to healthcare and they know that Planned Parenthood is the place that can provide it.”
The Republican-led Congress has already made it clear it plans to defund the health organization in the same measure through which it’s scheming to eradicate Obamacare. At a news conference last week, Ryan was asked how and when the House will attempt to defund the organization, and he replied, “Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill.” To pass the reconciliation bill, only a simple majority is needed, which probably won’t be too difficult to obtain now. Hence all the IUDs.
Requests for appointments for IUDs have gone up 900 percent. Women know PP has their back – and we always will. https://t.co/GTbwgHo7JQ
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) November 15, 2016
“These spikes illustrate just how important the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit has been for women to access the birth control method of their choice,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement late Monday. “Without coverage, out-of-pocket costs for IUDs can range from $500 to $1,000, which can be a major barrier for some women.”
“[The Affordable Care Act] freed up their wallet to pay for other necessities; it’s hugely popular,” she said. “And I would say there are a lot of provisions important to women in the ACA. I think that’s going to become more clear as Republicans start to put forward whatever repeal and replace package they are facing.”
Women for any array of reasons should be able to have the choice on how, when and if they choose to reproduce. The undue need to spend exuberant amounts of money will deter women from seeking birth control (and for some women make it completely inaccessible) and may lead to many unwanted pregnancies for which women will choose to terminate. Being proactive and preventative should never be punishable by removing access. If access to birth control is removed coupled with the repeal of abortions, this will force women to choose unregulated and potentially dangerous alternative practices.
Continued from Alternet:
On top of Trump, Pence and the majority of Congress, Trump’s pick for health secretary — Tom Price — is deeply opposed to abortion and has a zero rating from Planned Parenthood. He has actively voted against legislation aimed at protecting women from employment discrimination for using birth control or having an abortion and co-sponsored legislation saying life begins at conception.
It’s also worth noting (and I will say this every day until people understand) that defunding Planned Parenthood is entirely redundant. Of course, women should be able to choose how and when they become parents, but the Hyde Amendment already prohibits any federal dollars from paying for abortions, so the money currently going to Planned Parenthood is in the form of Medicaid reimbursements for preventative services, like birth control and cancer screenings. So, defunding the organization is purely about politics — not stopping abortion.
What do you make of the surge in service requests at Planned Parenthood? Do you believe there is a real threat of Planned Parenthood being completely defunded? What do you think Republicans have in mind when replacing the Affordable care act when it comes to the reproductive rights of women? Share your thoughts with us in our comment section below.
(Article Tasha Sharifa)