Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Language Around Pregnancy and Abortion Should Be More Inclusive

From CNET (Kim Wong-Shing):

The end of Roe would have a ripple effect on health care at large, even beyond abortion access. Pregnancy doesn't solely concern women -- it affects anyone whose body is capable of getting pregnant, which may include trans men, intersex people, nonbinary or gender expansive people. All of these individuals are affected by abortion policy, but for trans and intersex people, it may be even more difficult to access competent care.

Much of the language around pregnancy and abortion is targeted toward cis women -- right down to popular terms such as "women's center" and "mommy brain." And while the majority of pregnant people are indeed cis women, the heavy focus on gender can be alienating for many people.

That's why it's important to use inclusive language when talking about pregnancy, abortion, parenting and reproductive health in general. 

Read more here.

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