Pregnant People: A Trans View on Abortion Rights Messaging

Pax Ahimsa Gethen
4 min readMay 8, 2022
Photo of the abdomen of a pregnant woman, from Wikimedia Commons.

This week, a wave of fear and anger swept across the country when we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. While the leaked decision is a draft, not final, the right to abortion seems all but certain to be left to individual U.S. states to decide. As many state legislatures are ready to outlaw or severely restrict abortion access — or already have — this development is a devastating blow to bodily autonomy.

I will not discuss the merits of Roe or the apparent decision to overturn it in this blog entry. I support the unrestricted right to abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy, and will not debate this stance in the comments or elsewhere. (I will not use the terms “pro choice” or “pro life”, which are often misused and misleading.) What I will discuss here is the messaging around the right to abortion by those of us who support it.

For reference, I am an agender trans person who was assigned female at birth and transitioned to male for legal, medical, and social purposes. I have never been pregnant, have never wanted to become pregnant, and have never wanted to parent children. As I am now 52 years old and have been on testosterone therapy for over eight years, it is extremely unlikely that I could become pregnant. However, I was still ovulating as recently as two years ago; when I…

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Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, pacifist. Pronouns: they/them/their. funcrunch.org, patreon.com/funcrunch