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(en) France, UCL AL #330 - Antifascism, Family Planning: Facing Transphobic Attacks (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:33:00 +0300

A new transphobic controversy hits family planning and threatens our reproductive and sexual rights to all. ---- Since August 18, family planning, a structure guaranteeing access to sexual and reproductive rights, has been the victim of an extremely violent reactionary attack on Twitter and other social networks. Following the publication of a poster showing a pregnant trans man, the far right and its sympathizers are calling for the cutting of family planning subsidies and questioning its legitimacy, a matter now covered in the media. Why such a controversy for a simple poster promoting access to family planning resources for everyone ?

We are struck once again by the rapprochement between the Terfs (Trans-exclusionary radical feminists : transphobic " feminists ") and the most classic extreme right like the RN or the residues of Reconquest. It is no coincidence that transgender people, marginalized and whose rights are still too little recognized in France, are the target of this new controversy.

The existence of transgender people of course obsesses a large part of the right, but family planning is not only attacked because it supports the rights and access to care for these people. In France, anti-choice associations, fighting against the right and access to abortion and contraception, are aware that the majority is opposed to their project. Thus, instead of attacking head-on, they seek to cut by all means the subsidies essential to the effective maintenance of these rights. The work of popular education in family planning and interventions in schools for education in sexual and affective life are a priority target of the Catholic right in France.


Their strategy is clear, to create a moral panic to bring a majority to support their anti-abortion project or at least to remain silent in the face of this threat. It is also a question of rallying a part of former feminists, with transphobic positions, with their anti-family planning voices and therefore ultimately to fight against reproductive rights in the broad sense. Already successfully implemented in the United States and the United Kingdom, this strategy has made it possible to advance anti-feminist and LGBTIphobic projects there.

The Terfs, by claiming that family planning would no longer defend cis women, are playing into the hands of the far right, which seeks to eliminate the French association for the defense of access to abortion even though this right has just to be questioned in the United States. Through this alliance, they endanger not only transgender men but also all people whose rights are defended by family planning.

This controversy reminds us that the far right, in addition to being racist and an ally of capital, remains the enemy of women and LGBTI people. Faced with media attacks and attempts to destabilize organizations and social struggles orchestrated by the far right, the left must unite and hold a clear speech in defense of the rights of all of us, this is how we can push back fascism.

Melissa and Benjamin (UCL Orleans)

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