Laverne Cox thinks abortion debates are not only about women

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Actress and activist Laverne Cox has urged people to use language that includes all categories of pregnant people (or those who can possibly get pregnant) when abortions are discussed. This issue is usually connected with women’s rights, but not all potentially pregnant people identify as women. This came after an incident on Twitter, when Cox retweeted a tweet on May 15 that said, “Woman’s body. Woman’s right to choose. End of story.” The tweet was in solidarity against Alabama’s recent abortion ban. Cox was called out for it and accused of erasing her transgender male friends from the discussion that affects them directly. Cox realized her mistake and apologized for it. During her commencement speech at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, on Saturday, Cox recalled that her first reaction to the tweet was to immediately feel defensive. Cox went on to tell the assembled students that, as she continued to process, she thought for the first time about what it would be like for a trans man. “This isn’t just about being politically correct. This is not just about virtue signaling. Language that is appropriate and fully inclusive is a matter of life and death for so many people out there,” the trans activist said, Finishing her speech, Cox said, “When we are leaving people out, we are not really doing the work to be inclusive.”

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