The election of Donald Trump prompted people to stock up on birth control pills orÂ consider long-term birth control options, such as IUDs, as women weigh the possibility of birth control access becoming restricted after Trump becomes president.
PSA ladies: please consider getting an IUD or stocking up on birth control before Trump is in office bc ur reproductive rights are not safe
â€” Hali Weeks (@wali_heeks) November 10, 2016
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 spikedÂ 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:
#ThxBirthControl for allowing people â€” including lots of folks who aren't women! â€” to dictate our own futures as we see fit.
â€” Sam Escobar (@myhairisblue) November 16, 2016
#ThxBirthControl for creating healthier families and empowering every woman to decide whatâ€™s best for her own body!
â€” Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) November 16, 2016
Others shared stories of their health issues that were addressed with birth control:
#ThxBirthControl For controlling my ovarian cysts!
â€” CrayonPanda (@acceptablepanda) November 16, 2016
And women who have or have had periods chimed in on the benefits of a regular period:
#ThxBirthControl for regulating my period. I'm a lesbian and don't need it to prevent pregnancy, but some of us have medical conditions.
â€” Jen Hansen (@HansenJen_82) November 16, 2016
There's no way I could've gone to class in college w/ debilitating cramps so #ThxBirthControl for helping me not hold myself back
â€” kaity o'reilly (@kt_oreilly1) November 16, 2016
As hashtags are accessible to all, a fewÂ #ThxBirthControl postsÂ joined the conversation withÂ messages againstÂ contraception use.
#ThxBirthControl for leading to more infidelity, less respect for women, & abuse of powerâ€¦ Just like Pope Paul VI predicted in 1968.
â€” Fr Matthew Schneider (@FrMatthewLC) November 16, 2016
#ThxBirthControl stems from anÂ official eventÂ 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 Campaignâ€™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.
â€śThe vast majority of single, young adults say they donâ€™t want a pregnancy right now, yet four in 10 of those who are having sex are not using contraception consistently,â€ť the National Campaignâ€™s website reads. â€śMore 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.â€ť
Even after the official #ThxBirthControl day, women continue to use the hashtag to share their stories and opinions.