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6. Trans & Nonbinary People Get Abortions, Too
Sat Dec 4, 2021, 10:48 PM
Dec 2021
Nonbinary and Trans people need to be included in the Reproductive Rights conversation. Learn more about how we can be more inclusive in our conversations about abortions.


There is an unfortunate misconception tied to abortion treatment: that those seeking abortion care are exclusively cisgender women (women whose gender identity aligns with the sex that a doctor assigned them at birth). Of course, this is not the case. “Abortion is an issue for all people capable of pregnancy, for their partners, their families, and their communities. Transgender men, nonbinary and gender queer people assigned female at birth do seek abortion services. Excluding them perpetuates the idea that abortion is a "cis" women's health issue. This moves further from the very important conversation about how abortion effects cisgender men, families, geographic communities, as well as the LGBTQ+ community,” said Natalie Hinchcliffe, Associate Medical Director at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.

Abortions are normal, and transgender, nonbinary, and genderqueer people get them too! "Statistics of transgender, intersex and nonbinary people having abortions continue to validate how vital this service is for all who seek it. It is estimated that 462 to 530 transgender/nonbinary individuals obtained abortions in 2017 and that 23% of clinics provide transgender-specific care."

People of all Genders Have Abortions

Trans men, nonbinary, and genderqueer patients continue pregnancies, use birth control, and decide to have children (or not) just like anyone else would. Unlike cisgender individuals, members of the transgender and nonbinary community face additional barriers to accessing safe and reliable healthcare, especially reproductive healthcare. Trans men, nonbinary, and genderqueer patients face a variety of potential obstacles when seeking reproductive healthcare. Some of these risks include:

Being refused medical care
Being misgendered by a provider or staff member
Receiving inaccurate diagnoses and care, based on assumptions made by a provider.
Facing uncomfortable questions or potential judgement by staff
Receiving medical treatment while in an uncomfortable, trauma-inducing setting

At the risk of being pedantic, the language within the abortion rights movement has evolved such WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2021 #1
Thank you! n/t Ms. Toad Dec 2021 #3
You're welcome! WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2021 #5
You could use another category. DURHAM D Dec 2021 #2
I had a miscarriage(also known as a spontaneous abortion), and there's no category for that. n/t CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2021 #4
I had 2 miscarriages and a doctor yelled at me when he saw sponateous abortions in my records. demigoddess Dec 2021 #24
Trans & Nonbinary People Get Abortions, Too Celerity Dec 2021 #6
Yep, and not acknowledging that is garbage. WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2021 #10
It's not okay iemanja Dec 2021 #11
Things come up and no one is obligated to babysit a thread, and besides, it's a Saturday night. WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2021 #13
Looks like you're still waiting. BlackSkimmer Dec 2021 #25
Nope, I had my tubes tied BigmanPigman Dec 2021 #7
True cate94 Dec 2021 #9
I'm glad you were able to do that. shrike3 Dec 2021 #22
came close once, but couldnt. mopinko Dec 2021 #8
I've never been pregnant iemanja Dec 2021 #12
When a husband gives up his fertility... ProudMNDemocrat Dec 2021 #14
No, but drmeow Dec 2021 #15
No I haven't MustLoveBeagles Dec 2021 #16
Same here. shrike3 Dec 2021 #20
Men's Poll Instead Praek3 Dec 2021 #17
Exactly! Artistree22 Dec 2021 #21
Not me, but I went with my sister when she had one. Greybnk48 Dec 2021 #18
No but fully support any woman wanting one Tree Lady Dec 2021 #19
kick for visibility lamp_shade Dec 2021 #23
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