Planned Parenthood Dr Hopes to ‘See More Women Choosing Long-Acting Forms of Contraception’

Vanessa Cullins, vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said she hopes the future of health care under the Affordable Care Act includes more women using “long-acting” forms of birth control, including intrauterine devices that can cause a fertilized embryo to be aborted.

“Hopefully more women will have the opportunity to get the contraception that they want with no co-pay, and hopefully, we’ll see more women that are choosing long-acting forms of contraception,” Cullins said, adding that the long-acting birth control is better, because it does not require user compliance on a daily or monthly basis.

According to WebMD, the IUD can also be used as emergency contraception “if you have had unprotected sex in the past few days and need to avoid pregnancy” and plan to continue using the device.

Cullins, who is also an obstetrician-gynecologist, made the remarks at an event on Thursday at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which released a report it prepared examining women’s health care “in the early years of the Affordable Care Act.”