New laws banning abortion in Alabama are set to impact the state’s LGBT+ community, activists have warned.
Just six members of the house voted against the ban which was passed yesterday exclusively by white male politicians.
Under the new law in Alabama, abortion has been made a crime at any stage of pregnancy, with the only exception for a serious threat to the health of the pregnant person.
As well as having a serious impact on the LGBT+ community, the law will disproportionately affect people of colour and those living in poverty who are less likely to have the resources to leave Alabama for abortion services.
Female-identified members of the LGBT+ community are more likely to experience poverty when compared with their straight counterparts.
The Transgender Law Center said in a statement released today to PinkNews: “It’s extremely alarming how many states are currently pushing forward laws designed to criminalize and eliminate access to abortion care.
“Reproductive justice is a critical issue for trans communities, who already face barriers in accessing reproductive health care.”
GLAAD tweeted: “Many LGBTQ people rely on abortion care and they deserve access to safe and legal abortions in the state they live in.”
Earlier this week, President of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis responded to calls to outlaw abortion in other states, explaining the ways abortion bans can threaten LGBT+ people.
“When women’s rights are attacked, LGBTQ rights are attacked
“Cisgender lesbians, bisexual women, trans men, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals all rely on abortion care,” she wrote.
Democrats and abortion-rights advocates have said that the new law will drive procedures underground.
“We want abortions to be safe, and we want them to be few, but it should be legal because there will be abortions,” said Senator Linda Coleman-Madison, a Democrat and one of the four women in the 35-member Senate.
“The people who have the wherewithal will fly out of state,” she added. “Not everyone can afford to do that.”
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