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Roe’s reversal has healthcare implications for LGBTQ community

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‘This is the biggest change I have seen in terms how we talk about abortion access and this means we are imagining a new and gender-expansive vision for abortion care,’ Mayes said

Hundreds of protesters rally in Harrisburg on Saturday, May 14, 2022, to promote abortion access. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish) Even before the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, finding good healthcare options as an LGBTQ person has been challenging due to a lack of educated medical staff and, for many, the lack of resources to utilize them, such as stable housing and income.

The most recent Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment , which was conducted by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), showed that 35 percent of LGBTQ people believe their healthcare providers do not have adequate expertise to address their health needs.

In addition, a 2021 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that LGBTQ people face higher rates of food insecurity and have difficulty paying for basic household expenses, which poses a particular danger to pregnant people.

Advocates also point out that the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, which overturned the Roe, places […]

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