The election of Donald Trump prompted people to stock up on birth control pills or consider long-term birth control options, such as IUDs, as women weigh the possibility of birth control access becoming restricted after Trump becomes president.
While the president-elect has not pledged to restricting birth control access, he included repealing the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to provide birth control for free, in his 100-day plan. Women took his stance on the Affordable Care Act as a step towards restricting birth control access; hours after the election, Google searches for intrauterine devices spiked dramatically.
Through all the dialogue and worry over contraception access, people have taken to Twitter to voice their support for birth control using the hashtage #ThxBirthControl. Some have been sharing generic posts praising birth control for giving women control over their bodies:
Others shared stories of their health issues that were addressed with birth control:
And women who have or have had periods chimed in on the benefits of a regular period:
As hashtags are accessible to all, a few #ThxBirthControl posts joined the conversation with messages against contraception use.
#ThxBirthControl stems from an official event started by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Every year, the organization celebrates birth control throughout November. This year, #ThxBirthControl day fell on Nov. 16. The National Campaign’s website explains the ability to plan and prevent pregnancies benefits all of society. Birth control is a normal part of life, the campaign argues.
“The vast majority of single, young adults say they don’t want a pregnancy right now, yet four in 10 of those who are having sex are not using contraception consistently,” the National Campaign’s website reads. “More than half of sexually active college-age women say they would be more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way.”
Even after the official #ThxBirthControl day, women continue to use the hashtag to share their stories and opinions.