After the shock of Donald Trump’s presidential win wore off, it didn’t surprise me that one of the first things I saw women doing online was advising others to get IUDs as soon as possible. Anticipating the end of Obamacare, coverage for birth control, perhaps even abortion, a lot of women started to think about long-term contraception and talking about their options online. With social media, getting involved is easier than ever. And with Trump– the most overtly misogynist politician in history – in office, we have our work cut out for us. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are 10 things women can do that might ease our minds, and protect our rights.
- We all know that reproductive justice will be under the gun with Trump – and Pence, a well-known extremist on abortion rights – in office. Lots of people are already donating to Planned Parenthood, which is great. But we should also give some love – money and time – to independent abortion clinics and abortion funds(small grassroots orgs that raise money to help women afford their procedures).
- If you’re considering getting that IUD while your insurance carrier still covers it, now also might be a good time to stock up on Plan B, better known as the morning-after pill. It’s over the counter now, but that could change.
- Get a passport if you don’t already have one. This is especially important for trans people, because they are good for much longer than driver’s licenses and right now you can list your gender without having to provide proof, and don’t need to have your name legally changed.
- If you’re a young person, find out what your school’s sex education curriculum is like and if you have comprehensive sex ed – protect it. Organize with fellow students, lobby your school board, reach out to reputable sex-ed orgs for help. Abstinence-only education funding could be reinstated and dangerous (and inaccurate) ideas about sex, sexuality and gender could be taught.