Why abortion isn’t a “women’s issue”, and how to use more inclusive language

Transgender people could be, and sometimes are, powerful pro-choice activists — but too often, the movement’s rhetoric further marginalizes us.

Why framing abortion as a “women’s issue” is exclusionary

Navigating a medical system built for cisgender patients

Source: 2015 US Trans Survey (p. 96–97, 259)
Source: 2015 US Trans Survey, Table 7.3 (p. 97)

Gynecology: A uniquely gendered specialty

How reproductive health activists can be more inclusive

Instead of “the woman’s health,” consider using:

Instead of “women who choose abortion or miscarry,” consider using:

Instead of “before many women know they are pregnant,” consider using:

Instead of “women’s reproductive rights advocates,” consider using:

Instead of “women seeking abortions,” consider using:

Instead of “pregnant women,” consider using:

Instead of “mothers dying during labor and childbirth,” consider using:

Instead of “a woman whose water has broken,” consider using:

Instead of “economic cost for women,” consider using:

Instead of “a woman can decide to end a pregnancy,” consider using:

Instead of “women’s reproductive decisions,” consider using:

Instead of “women and babies,” consider using:

Instead of “women with unwanted pregnancies,” consider using:

Instead of “women in Georgia,” consider:

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Ryan received xyr AA in ASL (2019) & is studying Science Journalism for xyr BA (Evergreen State, 2021). Xe is an Autistic, queer, non-binary crip.

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