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Reproductive Rights are LGBTQ Rights: Rallying at Supreme Court

March 3, 2016

Yesterday, the National LGBTQ Task Force joined thousands of reproductive justice advocates and allies, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the latest attempt to control our health and sexuality. The case before the Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, challenges a Texas law that will close all but 10 abortion clinics in the entire state. This law and similar targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAPs) functionally ban the constitutional right to abortion by imposing expensive and medically unnecessary restrictions so burdensome they shut down safe and legal reproductive healthcare centers.

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At the rally, doctors, immigrant rights’ advocates, college students, mothers, faith leaders, queer activists, and many others spoke about the positive impact that safe, compassionate, and legal abortion has had in their lives and warned that TRAPs do not end abortion, they end safe abortion. Some of the older activists, who have struggled to protect reproductive rights for decades, stressed that we cannot go back to the horrors of dangerous, back-alley abortions.

LGBTQ people especially cannot afford to ignore attempts to turn back the clock on reproductive rights. We already struggle to access vital health services and need access to a full range of health services, including abortion, to be our whole selves. Those who seek to restrict reproductive decisions are often the same people who fight against LGBTQ equality, which makes the fight for reproductive health, rights, and justice ever more important.

Opponents of equality continue to do everything they can to undermine our sexual health and freedom. Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear another set of oral arguments in the Zubik v. Burwell case, which asks the Court to preserve birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act. Join us on March 23 as we call on the Court to once again stand on the side of reproductive justice and protect our fundamental right to sexual health and freedom and the right to decide whether or when to become a parent.

by Zsea Beaumonis, National LGBTQ Task Force, Reproductive Justice Fellow

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