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Aired Jan 26, 2023

Roe Day: Reproductive Health and LGBTQ+ Rights

Roe Day has been observed each January 22 since 1973, commemorating the day that the Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade decision, giving women legal agency over their bodies in matters of abortion. This year, however, it seems to be getting more and different attention, given the 2022 Dobbs decision.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, January 26. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: Our Bodies, Our Futures: Connecting Abortion Rights and Trans and Intersex Rights

Source: National Women’s Law Center

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Prior to 2023, had you ever consciously commemorated Roe Day? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think that most people naturally connect reproductive health (and specifically abortion access) and trans and intersex rights, or does this take a little “connecting the dots”? Do you feel like you could make the case as to why they are linked? If no, what would it take for you to feel comfortable doing that?
  3. Are you concerned about further erosion of things like the right to privacy and bodily autonomy given recent actions and words by the Supreme Court? Do you think that the “success” opposition had in reversing Roe gives power to those who oppose things like LGBTQ+ rights or the rights of marginalized racial populations?

About Our Guest:

Dr. Meredithe McNamara, MD, MS, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine 

Bonus Resources: Check out “A Call to Action: Considerations for Pediatricians in a Post-Roe Healthcare System” from American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP Voices Blog by Molly Markowitz, MD, FAAP and Meredithe McNamara, MD, MS, FAAP and these resources from the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.