Trump administration may cause restrictions on birth control, abortion and other family planning resources

Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law has been a priority for the new Trump administration. The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” requires that all health insurances provide coverage for FDA-approved birth control methods. The Trump administration could also change the clause that defines birth control, getting rid of access, but keeping Obamacare. The Trump administration could also cut funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides family planning healthcare.

The Trump administration doesn’t have a plan to replace Obamacare with, so cheap birth control may or may not be here to stay. This has been a wake-up call for women across the nation. The intrauterine device or IUD method being researched the most, as it can outlast a Trump presidency.

Now whether or not affordable sexual health services are in trouble, it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of the services already available to us.

“It’s hard to predict the future, but if Trump and anti-choice politicians make good on their word, access to affordable reproductive health care could be in trouble. That being said, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to take advantage of what Planned Parenthood has to offer in terms of services — [sexually transmitted infection] testing, long-term contraceptives, condoms, etc. Sooner than later,” Robert Hockema, a member of UAA’s Generation Action, said.

Access to abortion in the Trump administration also remains unknown. President-elect Donald Trump has proposed nominating conservative supreme court justices that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 ruling that legalized the procedure of abortion.

“President-elect Trump has mentioned taking steps to overturn Roe vs. Wade, along with adding to a patriarchal society. I am concerned that there will be a long fought battle in order to diminish our voices on the Reproductive Rights front, which all in all has in the past divided the country taking away momentum from the issues that matter and effect the working class,” Moira Pyhala, a UAA political science student and member of UAA’s Generation Action, said.

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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws, are sets of regulations placed on medical providers who provide abortions and similar procedures. The requirements are different than other medical practices and often burdensome. These regulations could result in smaller clinics across the country to be shut down if enforced more heavily.

“I’m more worried on a local level, with local clinics being shut down because of TRAP laws. I’ve seen a huge surge of interest in getting long-term contraceptives. I think people have time though, it will take awhile for anything to kick in, people have time to think about their options,” Zhenia Peterson, UAA social work alumnus and advocate for sexual health and family planning resources said. “I think it’s really important and things I rely on are jeopardy and that worries me greatly.”

To learn more about long-term contraceptives and family planning visit Planned Parenthood. To get involved and advocate for sexual health rights and resources visit UAA’s Generation Action club.