Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Every person has a right to abortion, regardless of gender identity, and not every person seeking an abortion will identify as a woman. For health providers discussing abortion, it is important to sensitively ask all patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity in order to get a comprehensive health history and learn their identity preferences. Follow the patient’s lead with how they refer to themselves, and reflect their chosen language. How a patient identifies and presents their gender does not dictate what kind of abortion or follow-up care they require, including family planning.

All people have a right to quality, holistic health care that acknowledges their identity before, after, and during an abortion process.