Ministers in the UK have been ridiculed for trying to ban the term “pregnant women” — as it could offend transgender parents.
Instead, they’d like the term changed to “pregnant people”, so as to not “exclude transgender people who have given birth”.
Fellow MPs and feminists both in the UK and around the world have slammed the move, calling it an “absolutely idiotic” proposal, according to The Sun.
According to The Sunday Times, in the statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) they pointed out that Britain opposes the use of the term “pregnant woman” in the part of the UN treaty which says they must be protected and not subject to the death penalty.
“We requested that the UN human rights committee made it clear that the same right [to life for pregnant women] extends to pregnant transgender people.”,
The civil servants’ intervention has infuriated feminists, who branded it the latest example of “making women unmentionable”.
UPDATE 24 November
In Australia this week, the Nursing and Midwifery Board has been slammed for trying to remove the word ‘woman’ from their code of conduct.
The board had proposed replacing the word ‘woman’ with ‘person’ so as not to offend females who identify as men, but that idea was shot down when complaints flowed in from around Australia.
The new Code of Conduct for Midwives, due to come into effect from March 1, 2018 will now retain the phrase ‘woman-centred’.
Australian College of Midwives spokeswoman Sarah Stewart said it was important to protect women’s identity.
‘Once we start moving down the road of talking about women as persons, we lose women’s identity – fundamental essence,’ she told The Advertiser.
Ms Stewart said although there were ‘individual instances’ of females who identify as men, the vast majority of people cared for by midwives are women.
A spokesperson for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and AHPRA said:
‘There was support for the use of both ‘woman-centered’ and ‘person-centered’ in the feedback on the Code of conduct for midwives.
Overall the feedback from the midwifery profession and key midwifery stakeholders, including the College of Midwives, strongly supported the use of the term ‘woman’ to describe the interaction between a midwife and the person receiving care.
‘The feedback covered that “woman-centred” is a term well understood by midwives and women are at the centre of midwifery care.
‘The definition of the term “woman” is very broad and refers to all individuals who have entered into a professional relationship with a midwife.
‘”Woman” is inclusive of the woman’s baby, partner and family.
‘Based on the consultation feedback, the NMBA decided to continue with the term “woman-centred care” in the new Code of conduct for midwives, which comes in to effect in 2018.’
Last month it was a push for Father’s Day to be renamed ‘Special Person’s Day’, what next?
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