Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, joined a growing number of organizations calling for the passage of S.4132. The Women’s Health Protection Act. S. 4132 would codify abortion rights nationwide, averting the patchwork of reproductive health deserts that would result from the Supreme Court ending five decades of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade.
In addition to the more obvious impacts on access to abortion care, an overturn of Roe carries possible impacts on family planning for LGBTQ+ people, including the use of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), that countless LGBTQ+ people rely upon to build their families. Even more chillingly, the Court’s blatant disregard for the principle of stare decisis, or the principle of adhering to precedent, calls into question the durability of many of the protections afforded to LGBTQ+ Americans.
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