LGBTQ+ people are affected by reproductive issues like abortion restrictions. All LGBTQ+- identified people who could become pregnant are at risk for an unintended pregnancy. In fact, studies have shown that young lesbian cisgender women are two to ten times more likely to become pregnant than young heterosexual cisgender women. One study shows that up to 30% of transgender men have experienced an unintended pregnancy. There is a dearth of reliable statistics for LGBTQ+ people, especially transgender people who can become pregnant, and we know these statistics are likely under representative of actual challenge and need.
In regards to the leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the most important thing to remember is that ABORTION IS STILL LEGAL. A draft opinion was leaked. A final decision is expected in June and it may look different.
Even if the Court does decide to overturn Roe, abortion will NOT suddenly be illegal nationwide. Many states will maintain or expand abortion access. Unfortunately, 13 states could immediately ban abortion access, and others could severely restrict access. Here's a breakdown of what happens if Roe is overturned in June.
Take action by educating yourself with these additional informational documents:
Abortion Access Talking Points
LGBTQ+ Reproduction Rights Talking Points
Planned Parenthood Bans Off Our Bodies Website
President Biden's Statement
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra's Statement