Planned Parenthood: Women fearing the ACA repeal are changing birth control pills for IUDs

More women are opting to get IUDs instead of birth control pills because they fear they will lose their health insurance.

More women are opting to get IUDs instead of birth control pills because they fear they will lose their health insurance. (1/27/17)

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - More women who are afraid of losing their health coverage are making a new choice for birth control, according to Planned Parenthood.

The organization says that they have seen a 900-percent increase in women switching from the birth control pill to getting IUDs. College senior Olivia Laura says that she recently made the switch.

“Within 10 minutes I had the IUD and I was protected for three years,” she says. “I think it’s an issue that maybe doesn't need to be political but is becoming political so I think that's why a lot of women are concerned.”

Birth control pills are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act with no copay. But if President Donald Trump and Congress repeal the act, as Trump has previously stated, millions of women will lose birth control coverage.

Planned Parenthood says that women are asking for IUDs now because without insurance they cost up to $1,000. They also last for up to 12 years. Paying for birth control pills without insurance could run about $50 per month.

Planned Parenthood is facing the threat of seeing its federal funding stripped by Republicans in Congress because it provides abortion services. Planned Parenthood New Jersey Communications Manager Casey Olesko says that if the organization loses its funding, it’s not clear how it would move forward.

Olesko says that she has been seeing an increase in women coming to the health centers recently.

“One thing is for sure we are not backing down. Our supporters all across the state and across the country are going to be there making sure that essential care is provided,” she says.

Planned Parenthood says 90 percent of its services are related to preventative healthcare. There are 26 Planned Parenthood health centers across New Jersey.

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