British doctors have been asked not to use the term ‘expectant mothers’ in relation to ‘pregnant people’ in order not to offend transgender people.
British doctors have been asked not to call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’, as this might offend transgender people, and instead of this use the term ‘pregnant people’, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Sunday.
According to a 14-page Guide to Effective Communication, issued by the British Medical Association, “a large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women.” However, representatives of the British medical community believe that there are some trans men, who also may get pregnant. The newspaper cited as an example a case with 20-year-old pregnant transgender Hayden Cross, who is legally male and has had hormone treatment, however, has not yet had sex-change surgery.
The initiative has caused controversy: someone fully supports it, while others call it “anti-science.” According to critics, the proposal is “offensive and dangerous,” as every doctor knows that only female can give birth.
Conservative MP Philip Davies called the initiative “completely ridiculous” and added: “If you can’t call a pregnant woman an expectant mother, then what is the world coming to?”
According to former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, “this ruling will confuse people about the vital role of mothers in bringing up their children.”