USA – Why using inclusive language in abortion care is an essential aspect of equal rights

July 26, 2020
Aspen Ruhlin 

Across the country, abortion rights are yet again under threat. While Maine is luckily spared from many of these attacks due to our strong legal protections, we are not exempt from the impact that divisive language can have on reproductive rights and access.

The current discourse is saturated with problematic sound bites and overly simplistic messaging about abortion rights, leading to confusion, division and stigma. Well-intentioned politicians and supporters can unintentionally harm marginalized groups at a time when we should be centering those communities.

Continued: https://mainebeacon.com/why-using-inclusive-language-in-abortion-care-is-an-essential-aspect-of-equal-rights/


Canada – Women-only clinics create barriers for trans folks seeking sexual health care

Women-only clinics create barriers for trans folks seeking sexual health care
Part two of a series looking at trans-inclusive sexual health care in B.C.

Devon Bidal
Aug. 6, 2019

Women’s clinics serve the sexual health care needs of people with internal reproductive organs. But what happens when a trans man needs to access that reproductive health care?

Many women’s clinics use gendered language on their websites, but when asked, indicate that all are welcome to come in for care.

Continued: https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/women-only-clinics-create-barriers-for-trans-folks-seeking-sexual-health-care/


Canada – Trans -inclusive practice in B.C. sexual health and abortion clinics

Trans -inclusive practice in B.C. sexual health and abortion clinics
Part one of a series looking at trans-inclusive sexual health care in B.C.

Devon Bidal
Aug. 3, 2019

A.J. Lowik has been thinking about and working on trans-inclusive abortion services for about 12 years. At first, Lowik, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun they, couldn’t find any information or research on the subject and this inspired the journey. Lowik pursued their masters in sociology at York University and conducted research focused on trans folks’ access to abortion and their inclusion in spaces traditionally deemed to be women-only.

Lowik also produced the Trans-Inclusive Abortion Services manual which is used in clinics across Canada. They were later asked to create one for clinics in the U.S. as well.

Continued: https://www.vicnews.com/news/trans-inclusive-practice-in-b-c-sexual-health-and-abortion-clinics/