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.

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“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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  • Far out! When does commonsense prevail. A male cannot give birth, only a woman can. From my understanding a woman is not a Mum until she gives birth the first time. This is political correctness gone mental


  • I am happy for transgender people to be called pregnant people but I was a pregnant woman and don’t see why I have to be called something otherwise. Political correctness gone mad


  • The whole world is going crazy. Seriously we shouldn’t say anything anymore incase we offend someone

    • Sometimes I think the pendulum has swung too far with pc. There needs to be commonsense.


  • Surely there are bigger things in the world than this that Ministers and Politicians should be focusing on! – this is just ridiculous, it comes down to there basic fact that to be able to be pregnant and birth a baby you need women’s bits so in that sense you are a pregnant woman! – I really think everyone gets offended so easily and think they have a right to be offended – if someone says something you don’t like or don’t agree on – ignore and move on – that’s what I am teaching my kids! Lets focus on changing laws/rules etc to strengthen our society for the better by having longer punishments for criminals and better health systems – why waste time on silly things like changing titles!


  • Did the board survey people to get data on people being offended or people even having an issue with labelling? Is this the biggest issue facing midwives and hospitals?


  • Yes this is going to far. It’s the natural design for women to get pregnant an give birth to children.


  • Everything is just going to pot. There are so many rules now about what we can call people in different suitants. When is it going to stop, a female is the only one at the moment or someone born with female parts that can give birth. Please do not degrade us more by taking away our identity.


  • When will it end. A woman gives birth not a male. If a female is transgender and wants to be seen as a male, fine but its his woman bits that will make him a parent. A male assissts in the conception of a child but he can’t give birth to a child. I have nothing against transgender people but its a woman that gives birth whether it is human or animal. Stop trying to change nature.


  • Yes l definitely think it going way too far!


  • This s silly. It’s a literal descriptor.


  • Yes I think this is going too far!!


  • Really ?? The natural way is that women get pregnant and deliver the child. When a transgender person chooses pregnancy and childbirth then it’s all good with me to call this person and pregnant person.


  • This is the most ridiculous idea. What is our world coming to? There are so many crazy ideas that are actually receiving attention. I fear for the future that our children and grandchildren will have to live in.


  • As they should be rediculed for proposing a silly idea. We are getting to a point where people are having to over analyse what they say before they say it for fear they may cause offense to somebody. Political correctness is causing division not diversity.


  • Eyeroll! Just eyeroll!! Yes, by all means protect pregnant transgender people from discrimination but this is just insane! Pregnant women have just as much right to be recognised as pregnant women!


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