Women Prepare For Changes To Reproductive Health Care Access Under Trump

By Jordan Rudner
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Women’s health professionals in Texas and elsewhere are crafting recommendations for clients based on the policies they expect to see from a Republican-controlled Congress and a president who has said he wants the Affordable Care Act repealed and Roe vs. Wade overturned.

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The calls started coming in just hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Women across Texas wanted to switch their methods of birth control to intrauterine devices, better known as IUDs, said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health.

So many women called, Miller said, that all three of the Whole Woman’s Health-operated clinics in Texas had to order new supplies.

Unlike birth control methods like the pill, IUDs don’t require monthly purchases. After a one-time insertion cost, IUDs work for years, some models provide birth control for up to six years, while others last more than a decade.

In other words, they can outlast a presidential administration.

Women’s health professionals in Texas and elsewhere are crafting recommendations for clients based on the policies they expect to see from a Republican-controlled Congress and a president who has said he wants the Affordable Care Act repealed and Roe vs. Wade overturned.

But experts and advocates say some changes will take effect faster than others because the legislative process moves slowly, and because states, rather than the federal government, are responsible for many reproductive health programs.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act
For years, Republicans have put a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, at the top of their priority list. Trump has often referred to the program as a “disaster.” But plans in the marketplace created by the ACA offer full coverage for a variety of contraceptive methods, and such coverage might not continue under an Obamacare replacement.

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