NO EX­PEC­TANT MOMS HERE!

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - NP - LAURA DON­NELLY The Daily Tele­graph

TRANS PEO­PLE ARE PAR­ENTS TOO, AND THIS IS MAS­SIVE STEP FOR­WARD TO PRE­VENT DIS­CRIM­I­NA­TION AGAINST THEM. — HEATHER ASH­TON, TRANS­GEN­DER AD­VO­CATE

LON­DON • The Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has said preg­nant women should not be called “ex­pec­tant moth­ers” as it could of­fend trans­gen­der peo­ple.

In­stead, they should call them “preg­nant peo­ple” so as not to up­set in­ter­sex and trans­gen­der men, the union has said.

The ad­vice comes in an in­ter­nal doc­u­ment to staff out­lin­ing a raft of com­mon phrases that should be avoided for fear of caus­ing of­fence.

“The el­derly” should be re­ferred to as “older peo­ple,” “dis­abled lifts” called “ac­ces­si­ble lifts” and some­one who is “bi­o­log­i­cally male or fe­male” should be called “as­signed male or fe­male.”

The BMA said the doc­u­ment was purely guid­ance for its staff on ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion within the work­place, not ad­vice to its 156,000 doc­tor mem­bers on how to deal with pa­tients.

On preg­nancy and ma­ter­nity, it says: “Gen­der in­equal­ity is re­flected in tra­di­tional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the as­sump­tions and stereo­types that un­der­pin those ideas are of­ten deeply rooted.”

It adds: “A large ma­jor­ity of peo­ple that have been preg­nant or have given birth iden­tify as women. We can in­clude in­ter­sex men and trans­men who may get preg­nant by say­ing ‘preg­nant peo­ple’ in­stead of ‘ex­pec­tant moth­ers.’ ”

It re­cently emerged that a Bri­ton who was born a girl but wants to be­come a man has put surgery on hold in or­der to have a baby.

Hay­den Cross, 20, is legally male and had hor­mone treat­ment but not yet had sex-change surgery.

There are no other known cases of a tran­si­tion­ing per­son be­com­ing preg­nant in the U.K.

The guide also ad­vises staff to sub­sti­tute the words “sur­name” or “last name” for “fam­ily name.”

“Mankind” and “man­power” should be avoided be­cause it is “not good prac­tice” to use a “mas­cu­line noun,” in­stead swapped for “hu­man­ity” and “per­son­nel,” and list­ing pre­fixes for names such as Prof., Dr., Mr., Mrs. or Miss should not be put in a par­tic­u­lar or­der on forms to avoid a “per­ceived hi­er­ar­chy.”

The ad­vice came in a 14-page leaflet, called A Guide to Ef­fec­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: In­clu­sive Lan­guage in the Work­place.

Con­ser­va­tive MP Philip Davies de­scribed the guid­ance as “com­pletely ridicu­lous.”

“If you can’t call a preg­nant woman an ex­pec­tant mother, then what is the world com­ing to,” he asked.

How­ever, Heather Ash­ton, from the trans­gen­der sup­port group TG Pals, said: “We know that bi­o­log­i­cal fe­males are the preg­nant ones but trans peo­ple are par­ents too, and this is mas­sive step for­ward to pre­vent dis­crim­i­na­tion against them. The fact that the ter­mi­nol­ogy is chang­ing can only be a positive thing for every­one who wants to be a par­ent and has the right to be a par­ent.”

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