Planned Parenthood calls spike for birth control information post-election

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Planned Parenthood supporters rally for women's access to reproductive health care on "National Pink Out Day'' at Los Angeles City Hall. With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Planned Parenthood supporters rally for women's access to reproductive health care on "National Pink Out Day'' at Los Angeles City Hall. With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Google trends shows internet searches for birth control have gone up since Donald Trump became president-elect.

“I think they are fearful of policy changes that are going to go into place with the republican government coming in,” a woman told News 8.

We spoke with Pierette Silverman, Vice President Education & Training with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

“The concern is connected to President-elect Trump vowing to scrap the Affordable Care Act. Birth control is covered right now under the Affordable Care Act and so anyone can go into the pharmacy without paying a co-pay which is one of the beautiful things about the Affordable Care Act,” said Silverman.

Planned Parenthood told News 8 they are seeing an increase in calls from women looking for services and information.

“We are seeing an uptick in people waiting to have appointments made because they are concerned they are going to lose their insurance. We’ve seen an increase of calls people seeking information about long acting reversible contraception. People also interested in making appointments for a longer acting method of birth control,” said Silverman.

Some women say they’re worried for what may be in store.

“I think they are smart to be scared just everything that was said during the campaign points to their being tighter restriction on abortions and birth control in general,” said Evelyn Iraheta.

“I would hope that nothing catastrophic happens to take away their rights to do what they feel that they need to do to protect their reproductive rights,” said Pauline Samuel.

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