Why American Women Are Urging Others to Get IUDs Before Donald Trump's Inauguration

Women's reproductive rights
Women hold protest signs in support of Planned Parenthood, Washington, March 22, 2012. Mark Wilson/Getty

American women fearing for their reproductive rights are urging others to get an IUD contraceptive fitted before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in January.

Trump, a pro-life leader, has made his feelings about women's sexual rights abundantly clear.

Get your IUD. If you have light periods, opt for a Paragard, which can last 10-12 years. Get your birth control that will outlast Trump.

— Future Crone (@grimalkinrn) November 9, 2016

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion organization SBA List and leader of the Trump campaign's pro-life coalition, opposes the use of emergency contraception, including the morning-after pill and the copper IUD. And Trump's Vice President-elect Mike Pence has been leading the fight against reproductive rights for half a decade.

There are several ways in which Trump could make birth control more difficult to access. He could repeal the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, when he reaches the White House—a promise he has made time and time again in recent months.

Under this law, birth control is currently provided for free to women with health insurance. By abolishing the ACA, millions of women with low incomes will find it very difficult to protect themselves using hormonal methods, such as pills, emergency contraception and IUDs.

He could also stop federal-funded reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood from receiving the $500 million a year it is currently gifted from government. This would make it significantly harder for the service to continue helping the millions of women who choose to use birth control.

Thousands of women have taken to social media, urging others to make the most of their reproductive rights and the services available to them, before it is too late.