Image: Adek Berry/ AFP (Getty Images)When news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing broke on Friday night, a familiar ripple of panic spread throughout social media. With Donald Trump free to appoint a third Supreme Court justice, giving the court more leverage to overturn Roe v. Wade, some urged women to start stockpiling emergency contraception or make an appointment to get an IUD.Since Trump’s election, this call to action has become almost routine. In the month following the election, some 21,000 women in the United States had an IUD inserted. Providers said they were receiving several calls a day from frantic patients inquiring about IUDs, and Planned Parenthood alone saw a 900 percent uptick in IUD appointments within the first week of Trump’s win. Birth control anxiety loomed large even before the actual election results: Days before voters went to the polls in 2016, Daily Beast contributor Erin Gloria Ryan wrote a story headlined “Get an IUD Before It’s Too Late,” warning women about the impending end the Obamacare and suggesting that individual action was political recourse. Two years later, when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was stepping down from the court and Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as his replacement, there was another push for women to consider getting the device, which can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years. “After Trump, I remember patients being very specific about the threat to the Affordable Care Act,” Amy Hagstrom Miller, the president of Whole Woman’s Health, said, referring to the ACA’s contraceptive mandate, which requires insurance plans to cover the
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