Birth Control

Don’t Be a Handmaid

Your DGB for today is to check out Nurx and see if their app will work for you and your birth control needs.

We all know that this current administration hates women. Whether Trump is bragging about sexually assaulting women, commenting on their size, or not having equal representation in his cabinet for 50% of the population of the United States, it’s clear that, to them, we are objects to which they can do whatever they want. This has become increasingly obvious when it comes to their attempts at getting rid of Obamacare. We learned a couple of weeks ago that the new AHCA bill will likely allow ANY health care subscriber to opt out of birth control coverage for any reason. Being able to control our own reproductive health and when we have babies is crucial, not only for our own autonomy, but also because it improves the economy and the future economy. Studies have shown that children of women who have access to birth control and family planning have a 20-30% increase in their incomes over their lifetime. We really don’t see any reason why anyone would want to restrict birth control for women, unless they’re just insanely bitter that they aren’t getting any.

So what can you do about the fact you may have limited access to birth control in the very near future? You can get an IUD if it works for you and your needs. IUD demand has risen by 900% since Trump won the election in November. Yes, you read that right. Nine. Hundred. Percent.

You can purchase Plan B like we suggested back in January.

Or you can check out Nurx, which offers birth control at as low as $15 a month without insurance (for free if you have it) delivered directly to your door. You don’t even need to go to a doctor to get it. Nurx was kind enough to give us two promo codes for our grabbers. If you live in Texas, you can use the coupon code TEXAS to get two months of free birth control. If you live anywhere else their service is offered, you can use the coupon code TRUMPCARE and get up to two months of free birth control. That coupon ends on June 30, 2017.

So watch the new series The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu (dare we say it’s even better than the book) and take a deep, dark look into our possible future. Now arm yourself with whatever type of birth control works best for you and your body. “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

 

Support Women's Health

 

Your DGB for today is to find out which clinics in your community offer free or discounted women’s health services and donate money or time to them. Often these clinics have specific needs, so it’s a good idea to check out their website or contact them to see what those are.

To find local women’s health clinics use Needy Meds, an online resource of free or sliding scale medical services. Simply enter your zip code, and read the description of services offered to find low cost health care providers available to women in your area.

DGB is run by women, and access to health care (including reproductive rights) is a critical issue for us. The incoming Trump administration has been open about plans to cut funds to many women’s health clinics across the country. Changes to the ACA may also reduce access to birth control.

O'Neill Institute - 3 Ways the Trump Administration May Undermine Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the U.S. and Abroad

Many clinics that offer free or discounted reproductive health services have seen a spike in demand for birth control, especially IUDs.

NPR - Spike in Demand for Long Acting Birth Control Strains Clinic Budgets

These clinics need our support right now in order to continue to provide key services to women in their communities. After the election, we saw an awesome increase in donations to Planned Parenthood, but many other clinics have not seen equal support. We need to spread out our donations to all clinics in order to reach women throughout the country. Many areas are served by local clinics instead of Planned Parenthood.