A Texas pro-abortion organization, Fund Texas Women, has announced that it is changing its name to Fund Texas Choice. This is because the reference to “women” excludes trans-sexual individuals who now identify as “men” but who still have female reproductive organs and who may thus get pregnant and “need” an abortion. This is from the announcement:
In order for our organization to provide quality abortion services, we have to make sure that everyone who needs help traveling for their abortion is able to get it. But with a name like Fund Texas Women, we were publicly excluding trans* people who needed to get an abortion but were not women.
From Jenny Kutner, Texas abortion advocates: “We refuse to deny the existence and humanity of trans people” – Salon.com, who goes on to also question the word “choice” in the pro-choice movement, since many women (and men) do not have a choice in the matter:
The organization, which provides transportation and accommodation funding for those who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion in Texas, notes that the new name still isn’t perfect — the historical concept of “choice” tends to ignore the fact that for so many people in need of reproductive justice, abortion access (and therefore choice) does not exist. But the group provides those in need with the financial means to access reproductive healthcare, and effectively funds choice into being. Now, Fund Texas Choice is making clear whom those choices are for.
HT: Bart Gingerich