‘Demand for IUDs is up 900 percent since last month’: I spoke to a Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood

They will not be backing down

After Donald Tump’s shocking victory in the presidential election, women’s reproductive rights hang in the balance.  Trump ran a campaign promising to defund Planned Parenthood but the Obama administration is making an effort to permanently protect funding.

Title X

A new rule, proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, bans states from withholding Title X funding for any reason “unrelated to the ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” This rule would block states from voting to defund Planned Parenthood because some of it’s clinics offer abortions.

Title X provides low-income recipients access to basic health care and family planning such as STD screenings, wellness exams and birth control. Title X does not allocate any money for abortions but 11 states have already voted to defund organizations that offer it.

The new rule will become permanent if it withstands a 30-day public comment period.

IUD panic 

Since the election, Planned Parenthood has reported a huge spike in women seeking long-term birth control options, such as IUDs. Women have been encouraging each other online to seek birth control methods that would outlast a Trump presidency.

“There’s been a significant increase in appointments scheduled online for birth control and especially IUDs, which has increased by more than 900% since this time last month,” said Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley.

IUDs can be very costly out-of-pocket, costing from $500-$1,000 but can last 6+ years.

“While we truly hope that birth control methods will remain available, accessible, and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people’s real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women,” said Dr. McDonald-Mosley.

“The Affordable Care Act has had a huge impact on millions of people, particularly people of color, who often face systemic barriers to health care. This reaction is proof that people are concerned that they may lose their coverage under a new administration.”

An outpouring of support

Fear and uncertainty of how a Trump presidency will affect access to Planned Parenthood spurred a huge wage of individual donations. Many of which are being made in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s name. Katy Perry alone donated $10,000, describing her experience using the health facilities as a teenager.

It's time to turn words into action❗️There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government. I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path. That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood's broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it's like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn't afford anything in California. I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally. Go to: https://www.plannedparenthood.org to show your support. #wewontgoback

A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on Nov 11, 2016 at 5:19pm PST

Officials at Planned Parenthood are overwhelmed by the support they’ve received in the last week.

“We’ve seen an unprecedented outpouring of support over the past few days, with over 128,000 people who have donated to make sure access to health care is protected,” said President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards. “We are so grateful to this community across the country, and we will never stop fighting for them.”

Richards made it clear, Planned Parenthood is not backing down.

“The truth is that the majority of Americans, including Trump’s own voters, support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and do not want to see women lose access to safe, legal abortion. We will never back down, and we will never stop providing the care our patients need. These doors stay open, no matter what.”

To get involved, check out Planned Parenthood’s blog post, “7 Things You Can Do to Help Planned Parenthood and the Communities it Serves.”

Rochester Institute of Technology