Until recently, employers and insurance providers were required to cover all forms of birth control as preventive healthcare. But just a few weeks ago, the Trump administration took steps to immediately give my university or my parent's employer the power to decide my birth control coverage.
Chances are most college students who are on birth control today have never had to pay for their birth control because of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. But, depending on how students get their insurance, they could now lose their coverage.
I’m a non-binary person, and before I left for college I wanted a highly effective way to prevent pregnancy, because I was certain I did not want a child and wanted to focus on my studies. I chose a Mirena IUD, a long term, but expensive device, and because of the ACA I did not have to pay for it. I have been protected for 2 years and my IUD is good for three more years of highly effective birth control.
In fact, access to birth control is an issue that affects everyone, including trans and non-binary people.
The ACA means that birth control is covered. End of story. But many people think of birth control as a women’s issue, but it is not just women who were biologically born female who need access to birth control. This issue affects people of all genders, and we need to make sure that young people who do not look like how we imagine a woman or someone who needs birth control to look like STILL receive access to this service.
Birth control is about more than just preventing pregnancy. I have friends who are trans men who use birth control too. One has polycystic ovarian syndrome, and relies on birth control for his health, and another who chose to get an IUD to stop his periods and help with his gender dysphoria until he can get on testosterone.
All the reasons women use birth control are reasons why trans and non-binary people need birth control. And they need access to centers like Planned Parenthood that provide care to everyone, no matter their gender.