February 28, 2023
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."
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:
While the fight for Reproductive Rights has gained momentum over the last decade, our fight still has a long way to go. The notable lack of gender-neutral language and thoughtful commentary throughout the reproductive healthcare space is unacceptable and has left out members of genderqueer communities for too long. This must change – and fast.
We urge readers to include gender-neutral language in their day to day lives. Here are some small tweaks you can make during your daily interactions that will have an enormous impact on your commitment to inclusion.
Using inclusive language demonstrates your personal recognition of the world’s expanded definition of ‘gender’, and more importantly can have a lasting impact on the mental and emotional well-being of gender non-conforming individuals.
At Hey Jane, we understand the urgency and importance of providing reproductive care for all. In our effort to create an inclusive clinic experience, we have incorporated gender-neutral language across our site and medical literature , partnered with caring providers who are experienced in treating genderqueer patients, and Hey Jane offers entirely virtual abortion care to ensure maximum comfort for ALL our patients.
At Hey Jane, we honor your body, your identity, and above all – your choice.