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Why Abortion Is More Than Just a Women’s Rights Issue

Why Abortion Is More Than Just a Women’s Rights Issue

Any day now, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to reveal a decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to an abortion. If Roe is overturned, it isn’t hard to see how it would impact women. The end of Roe would have a ripple effect on health care at large, even beyond abortion access — miscarriages, birth control and Plan B could all be affected.

But the issue has even broader implications. Pregnancy doesn’t solely concern women — it affects anyone who’s capable of getting pregnant, which may include trans men and intersex, nonbinary or gender expansive people. All these individuals are affected by abortion policy, but for trans and intersex people, it may be even more difficult to access competent care.

Below, learn more about how trans and intersex people are affected by pregnancy policy, why inclusivity matters and what it looks like in practice.

Not just women

There are 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States, a figure that is likely a vast underestimate. Many transgender men are capable of getting pregnant because they have a uterus and ovaries. And there are many people who are nonbinary, genderqueer or otherwise don’t fit neatly into the categories of “man” or “woman,” who can also get pregnant. Additionally, intersex people can get pregnant if they have a uterus and ovaries.

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Though it’s hard to fight the centuries-old idea that womanhood and childbirth are inextricably linked, the ability to get pregnant doesn’t automatically make…

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