For decades well-funded anti-abortion advocacy organizations have launched state-level attacks on abortion rights in an effort to chip away at federal constitutional protections. Under the guise of “protecting women and children,” they have sought to demonize reproductive healthcare, target providers with hateful rhetoric that has often lead to violence, couch religious beliefs as scientific fact, and pass outrageous state-level legislation to test how far they can go in pushing courts to break down hard-won protections. These same organizations, again under the guise of “protecting women and children” have used the same playbook against efforts to expand LGBTQ+ protections in the courts. They are now more organized and well-funded than ever, and are launching unprecedented state-by-state attacks on transgender youth across the county. It is more crucial than ever that LGBTQ+ advocates and abortion advocates share knowledge, experience and resources to fight back in the courtroom and in the state legislature. Join Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project as we discuss our efforts to team up in and out of the courtroom to fight back against outrageous laws, stigma, and junk science, and why we believe it is crucial for repro advocates and LGBTQ+ advocates to intentionally join forces.
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