Culture Wars/Current Controversies

‘The Shared Anti-Trans and Anti-Abortion Playbook’

— Marisa Carroll, features editor, New York

New York’s Irin Carmon has been on the abortion beat for more than a decade, exposing exactly how the right turned basic access to medical care into a political football. Now, she reports, the well-funded groups that successfully pushed for abortion bans are hoping to do the same for transgender people’s health care. Post-Dobbs, “anti-abortion politicians are worried about the politics. They’ve turned to attacking trans youth in order to stay politically viable,” one strategist tells Irin. They say nothing is ever new in politics (well, perhaps except arresting a former president), and this column precisely breaks down the overlaps between the anti-trans and anti-abortion playbooks — and how liberals can avoid amplifying the type of rhetoric that helped kill Roe.
The Shared Anti-Trans and Anti-Abortion Playbook Some of the very groups that pushed for abortion bans are now coming for trans health care.
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