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What the Loss of Abortion Rights Could Mean for LGBTQ+ Healthcare and Civil Liberties


An expert explains the legal connections between the right to privacy with access to IVF treatments, gender-affirming care, and more. Everyday Health spoke to Wayne Turner , a senior attorney in the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), to discuss what’s at stake for LGBTQ+ healthcare and civil liberties following the overturn of Roe v. Wade . Turner is a long-time advocate for consumer health protections. Prior to his legal career, Turner was a cofounder of ACT UP (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power) in Washington, DC, a group that advanced research and policy to support people living with HIV/AIDS.

Everyday Health: What does the overturning of Roe mean for LGBTQ+ healthcare, especially with an eye toward trans healthcare and HIV care?

Wayne Turner: Certainly, the court striking down Roe has invalidated or is putting into question the other decisions that recognized the right to bodily autonomy, the right to medical decision-making, and the right to healthcare decision-making for yourself, so I can certainly see that coming into play for gender-affirming care for people who are transgender, and queer families who may be seeking assisted-reproductive technology to help build their own families. Those laws and this protection will potentially come […]

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