The mission of the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) is to expand and protect access to reproductive health care for everyone – this includes people of all gender identities and expressions. For us, expanding and protecting access means ensuring clinicians have the training and resources to best serve the reproductive health needs of their entire community. This means that patients of all genders must have clinicians they can trust for their health care, as well as legal protection against discrimination. The transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex, and non-binary communities already face significant barriers in receiving unbiased, patient-centered, and safe reproductive health care. The memo that was published detailing the Trump administration’s proposal to narrowly define gender based on genitalia at birth further threatens the safety, well-being, and access to quality health care for the transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex, and non-binary patients our clinicians serve. If passed, this regulation would change the legal definition of gender, effectively legalizing the discrimination against and the erasure of non-binary people.
RHAP stands in solidarity with our transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex, and non-binary communities and will continue our fight to protect and expand access to reproductive health care that is affirming for all people. For ways to take action on this, please check out this article from OUT magazine.