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September 29, 2021

Illinois University Professors Argue that Texas Abortion Ban Harms Trans Men

Last week, professors from Northwestern University argued in the school's online publication that the Texas Heartbeat Act could have particularly negative effects for transgender men. In doing so, the professors argued that the value of maintaining one person's emotional health outweighs the value of unborn human life.

The Texas Heartbeat Act bans abortion when the baby's heartbeat is detectable, which is usually at six weeks.

The Northwestern professors wrote in Northwestern Now that,
"A trans man living in Texas may choose to conceal his transgender status to coworkers, friends and even in-laws to protect himself from violence and gender dysphoria. As his abdomen grows due to a pregnancy for which he can no longer legally get an abortion, however, keeping identity private in public spaces may become next to impossible.

The abortion ban in Texas imposes the burden of pregnancy — and with it, the burden of potential dysphoria, being outed or violence — on trans and gender nonconforming individuals without viable alternative choices."

Setting aside the arguments surrounding the idea of transgenderism, the professors' argument is troubling on a humanitarian level. One human life should not be ended for the sake of another person's emotional or mental health. All lives have value, and the choice offered by abortion disregards that value.

By intentionally ending the life of a human being, abortion cannot be considered "health care" as the Northwestern professors assert.

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