Most cisgender women, some intersex people of different variations, most transgender men, some AFAB non-binary people, and most people who are assigned females on the whole are usually the ones who need access to things such as abortion, birth control, etc., but the language that we use in English with regard to the people who need these things are, in my estimation, too often unnecessarily gendered as "feminine" or "female".

This is problematic because not every person who needs these types of procedures or treatments is a woman or a girl, so how can we, without being too wordy, or sounding like too much of a pedant or anything de-gender the issues of abortion and access thereof, birth control and the like?

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    Focus on the need for access to these products and services, and not the set of people who need access to them?
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 12, 2020 at 12:57
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    There is no politically correct way to be politically correct. Someone will always object.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 12, 2020 at 13:05
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    @EnglishLearner “abortion should accessible”, “everyone who needs it should have access to abortion”, “abortion shouldn’t be restricted”, “people must be able to get abortions’, and 10 trillion other ways. You don’t want to refer to gender; so don’t.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 12, 2020 at 22:49
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    @EnglishLearner Did I not already demonstrate that? I am not able to see the difficulty here. You either talk about abortion without reference to people, or you refer to people without reference to gender. Same with pregnancy. Genitalia you’re going to have a much harder time with; I’d simply stick with “penis” and “vagina”. I must imagine you are familiar in your every day English usage with such constructions, native speaker, learner, or any other. By the way, the site dedicated to learning English as a second language is English Language Learners.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 12, 2020 at 22:57
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    Is there any objection to calling them "people"?
    – Greybeard
    Apr 27, 2020 at 16:53

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The answer to your question is primarily going to be one of opinion. So, I hesitate to answer it.

However, speaking as a medical professional, the workaround being used to avoid the linguistic gymnastics of inclusiveness is: assigned female at birth.

For example, Truvada a drug for HIV prevention was initially not approved in patients assigned female at birth.

By using this blanket statement, you're able to include anyone who needs access to medical procedures that affect their present at birth sex organs regardless of their gender identity.

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