The Political War Regarding Abortion Is Not About CAFAB Trans People
And that is NOT a cissexist thing to say.
1. I am a person who, while my fertility is reduced because of a hormone disorder, has the capacity to become pregnant. I have a fully functional uterus, Fallopian tubes, and (almost) ovaries.
2. I have recently had a terrifying pregnancy scare, and had to think about where I could get an abortion at this late in a pregnancy (the answer was essentially nowhere). Thankfully, I did not turn out to be pregnant, because abortion is the only option for me.
3. I am not a woman. And the people fighting against abortion rights either don’t care that I exist, or are disregarding me in their war to control women’s reproductive choices and capabilities.
If they ever thought for a second that non women or men might be affected by abortion restrictions, things would immediately be reconsidered. Of course, men would have the emotional fortitude to decide to bring a child into this world. Of course, men should have control over all of the consequences of sex, because women are just hysterical and make up things about a “war on women”.
I am affected by abortion restrictions. I am not a women. And the conversations and fights about men controlling the pregnancy choices of cis women should NOT include side notes about my existence. Because this war on women is not a war on cafab trans people, it is a war on cis women. Bringing up cafab trans people is essentially misogynistic because we are just getting hit with spray from the huge wave crashing down on cis women’s rights to choose things about their bodies. It is distracting to bring us up and takes away from the real point of abortion restrictions, which is to control the reproduction choices of women and to ensure women carry children like they are “supposed to.”
Though this post is specifically about abortion, trans women are essentially ignored in discussions about reproductive healthcare - hormones are given to cis women whose bodies so not produce them where trans women aren’t, trans women are subject to extreme violence and murder. trans women have much much higher rates of HIV and other STIs. Leaving trans women out of the conversation about reproductive rights and women’s healthcare is transmisogynistic because they are women and are directly affected by the war to control women’s bodies (would the abortion restriction talk exclude cis women who are not yet fertile or who are not fertile?)
CAFAB trans people are not the point of restrictions of women’s healthcare. We might get hit by accident, but bringing us up when talking about abortion restrictions is ignoring what the conversation is actually about.