Reminder: Not Everyone Who Has An Abortion Is A Woman

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Over at Truth Out, Lauren Rankin writes about an often-neglected side of the abortion debate: the fact that people who do not identify as women are also people who need abortions.

If you've been following the recent goings-on about abortion rights all over the country, it's likely you've seen the slogans, "Stand With Texas Women," "Stand With NC Women," "Stand With Ohio Women." While I'm all for fighting these oppressive, sexist laws that will limit the availability of abortions in those states, the terminology of "woman" markedly leaves out transpeople (specifically, transmen) and other genderqueer people who may need abortions.

Rankin writes:

So true, and such a vital argument, one that I think the majority of people (including pro-choice activists) don't often pay attention to. I naively like to think that people have become more open-minded about trans issues, less wedded to the gender binary, but even in progressive feminist circles, it's still clearly a large issue.

I guess some people might argue that being careful about the language used to fight anti-choice laws is distracting from the issue at hand, but I personally don't see how creating an environment of inclusivity within a common goal can be at all destructive. Yes, it's true that anti-choice legislation can predominantly affect the concerns and lives of biological females, but that doesn't mean it's fair to leave others out of the framework and out of the discussion.

I couldn't agree more with Rankin when she says:

Rankin suggests that the pro-choice movement begin by listening. I'm a pro-choice, female-identified, cisgender woman, and I'm listening. Are you?