Should you really stock up on birth control before Trump takes office? Let’s discuss

Tuesday’s election proved to everyone just how divided Americans are, no doubt. But there’s one thing that binds (sane) women together, and that’s birth control. We need that shit, which is why there were tons of women on social media Wednesday urging women to go get an IUD while they could, before the president-elect’s January inauguration. But should women really stock up on birth control before Donald Trump and Mike Pence take office, or is it an exaggeration? Like most everything else under a President Trump (hello immigration and common decency), women’s healthcare is totally up in the air.

Here’s what we do know: his running mate does not care about your uterus or your free will. Pence doesn’t trust women to make their own decisions and he insists on inserting his religious beliefs into laws about women’s reproductive rights and healthcare. He did it over and over and over again while in the Senate and as governor of Indiana. In September, Trump and Pence told their supporters they would nominate pro-life Supreme Court justices, pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and defund Planned Parenthood. That’s why some of them voted for him.

The two didn’t run on taking away your birth control, but the dynamic duo did run on getting rid of a woman’s right to choose. Between their promises to defund clinics and repeal the Affordable Care Act, getting your hands on birth control might become a bigger pain in the ass than it already is. Actually, scratch that — it’s definitely going to harder and more expensive.

On Wednesday, women were encouraging each other to get IUDs pronto. And rightly so. Trump appointed Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, as head of his pro-life coalition during his campaign, and her organization believes IUDs cause “early abortions,” just like your menstrual cycle (LOL. Wait no, it’s not funny omgomgomgomg… whew, everyone take a deep breath).

Since Trump has promised to repeal Obamacare (and he can), it will be more expensive to get an IUD or any birth control for most women. Once the tragic presidential duo starts defunding clinics, it will be harder for the most vulnerable women to get free or sliding-scale birth control, the kind that Planned Parenthood provides. Without coverage, an IUD can cost anywhere between $400 and $900. The copper IUDs also act as emergency birth control for up to 5 days, which might also be handy under a Trump administration.

The birth control rush is not overreacting. Really, it’s a good way to prepare for the worst. Trump has a Republican Congress behind him, so things are going to get nasty AF for women. Things were already rough, but when you throw in a conservative, pro-life Supreme Court nomination and Pence’s lack of respect for women and their rights, it’s going to get a whole lot worse.

No need to rush Planned Parenthood just yet. Nothing will happen until January at the very earliest (Obama is still the head honcho until then, let’s all remember). And although Trump might want to repeal the Affordable Care Act right away, there will be a transition window. So don’t freak. But don’t sleep on this either.

If you’re really nervous, pay attention to who your congressional representatives are and protest the hell out of anything they try to do — whether it’s passing TRAP laws or defunding Planned Parenthood. So go get your IUD (or whatever birth control is best for you), but also make a donation or volunteer so that someone less privileged than you can get one, too. When it comes to women’s healthcare, this is an all-hands-on-deck situation.