- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The British government is asking the United Nations to change treaty language that refers to “pregnant woman” to instead refer to “pregnant people,” claiming the term “woman” is exclusionary to transgender men who are now or who have previously borne children, The Times of London reported Sunday.

“The statement comes in Britain’s official submission on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the UK has been a signatory since 1976,” The Times explained.

The newspaper noted there were just “two known cases” of children born to transgender men. The phenomenon appears to be quite rare on this side of the Atlantic as well.

In July 2008, an American transgender man named Thomas Beattie was the subject of human interests stories on the ABC network regarding his pregnancy and subsequent delivery of a baby girl. In late July 2017, Trystan Reese became the latest transgender man in the U.S. to deliver a child to term.

While transgender activists may cheer the stand taken by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government, some feminists have complained it amounts to Her Majesty’s Government looking down on the unique challenges biologically female women face.

“This isn’t inclusion. This is making women unmentionable,” said feminist writer Sarah Ditum, The Times reported. “Having a female body and knowing what that means for reproduction doesn’t make you ‘exclusionary’. Forcing us to decorously scrub out any reference to our sex on pain of being called bigots is an insult.”

On her eponymous website, Ms. Ditum has also raised concerns about pending legislation to amend the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, worrying it could undercut efforts to measure and redress sex discrimination in British society.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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