British Medical Association: Don’t call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’ as it might offend transgender people

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Stop the madness. Just stop.

From The Telegraph: 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” (on page 5) 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.

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nd 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 UK.

The guide also advises against using  the terms “born man” or “born woman” in relation to trans people, as these phrases “are reductive and over-simplify a complex subject”. Elsewhere, staff are told 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 document, which was published last year,  also underlines guidance on language that has long been considered offensive, suggesting staff do not refer to people as being “spastic” or “mongol” but that they should be called a “person with cerebral palsy” or “person with Down’s syndrome”.

The advice came in a 14-page leaflet, called A Guide to Effective Communication: Inclusive Language in the Workplace.  The introduction to the document states: “This guide promotes good practice through the use of language that shows respect for and sensitivity towards everyone. The choice of appropriate words makes an important contribution towards the celebration of diversity. As well as avoiding offence, it is about treating each other with dignity and as equal members of an integrated community.”

A BMA spokesman said: “This is a guide for BMA staff and representatives aimed at promoting an inclusive workplace at the BMA. It is not workplace guidance for doctors which is clear from the fact it does not refer to patients.”

Conservative MP Philip Davies described the guidance as “completely ridiculous”. He said: “If you can’t call a pregnant woman an expectant mother, then what is the world coming to?”

Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, told The Mail on Sunday: “I think it is sad that society is being pushed in this direction. God has made us man and woman, and mothers relate to their children in different ways than fathers. This ruling will confuse people about the vital role of mothers in bringing up their children.”

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Philip Egan, warned it would cause “great confusion and harm”. He said: “It is Orwellian, isn’t it? Another example of people trying to control our thoughts and the way we speak.

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.”

h/t Breitbart

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21 responses to “British Medical Association: Don’t call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’ as it might offend transgender people

  1. More mass mental illness. Males are males. Females are females. No amount of surgery or hormones will change the DNA assigned at conception. No amount of rearrangement, justification or rationalization can change someone’s sex. Sexual behavior is just that. Behavior. It’s a choice. Not a mandate. The brits need to stick to something more productive, like dental hygiene. Or improving their cuisine.

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  2. I think if a law was passed that required the nincompoops who come up with this kind of crap be immediately dragged out to the town square and have their heads chopped off they’d quickly go away and learn to keep their neurotic yaps shut.

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  3. Newspeak. Pure and simple.

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  4. It’s become difficult to wrap one’s head around the insanity being foisted upon common-sensed people, today. Their cheese has slipped off their crackers…

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  5. But, but, homosexuals and M-to-F “transgenders” transvestites can’t get pregnant BECAUSE THEY ARE BIOLOGICAL MALES, so calling expectant mothers “pregnant people” won’t work either.

    I propose that, to conform with the INSANE Left, we should just get rid of the English language altogether, and just refer to people with numbers, as in no. 127 for “expectant mothers,” #128 for “pregnant people,” and #666 for the Left.

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    • Your proposal Dr. Eowyn, is probably where they would like to take it eventually- you know, that we all just have a number.

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      • As to ,..’Political correctness, I am old enough to remember those very, un-politically correct days,back in WW2 when in a movie, John Wayne, was seen brandishing a ‘hand held’ machine gun, as he was about to overwhelmed my a hoard of Japanese soldiers, as he yelled,..”Come & get it, you yellow bellies”

        And I remember another scene, in a movie, where some US Navy planes were, coming into contact with some Japanese plane,, when a Japanese pilot come on the radio & said,..”Hey Yank,..Today you die”,.

        And an American pilot, came on the radio & answered, saying,..” Hey J*p, where did you learn to speak English,.?

        To which the Japanese pilot answered,..”I went to UCLA’,..

        And there was a song, played on country music stations, that, concluded,.. “There will be fire on the mountain, where the heathen gods play and the sun that is rising will go down on that day,..”

        So there you have it,..”Yellow Bellies,..Enemy pilots,who” went to UCLA”, & referring to Japan’s , ‘Heathen Gods”

        Those were, different days, & things have certainly changed,,..To say the least, & not always for the best, it seems to me,..

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  6. So,..What might we expect from a people who, still have a,..’Royal Family’,.. & a,..’House of Lords & a House of Commons’,’ as their government’s legislative branches,. & are still allowing un-limited numbers of non-Whites, & Muslims onto their,already, overcrowded, island, living space, & where judges wear white wigs, & where people drive on the left hand side of the road. & call the windshields of their cars,..’windscreens’. & the hoods of their cars,..’bonnets,..?

    What,.indeed,.?

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  7. PRESIDENT TRUMAN’S DEFINITION OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!
    After the second world war, in an exchange of telegraphs, between President Harry S. Truman, General Douglas MacArthur and Chester H. Nimitz. Truman had to correct the generals language regarding the Japanese people. And in so doing he had to define political correctness, see below. Now this story is said to not to be true by Snopes…Who gives a dam, it is a great definition, and President Truman was the perfect man to deliver it!

    “Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by clean end!”
    President Harry S. Truman

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  8. Actually, the term political correctness was coined by the psychopathic mass murderer Mao. Truman was also influenced by his Soviet agent advisor to switch support from Chiang Kai Chek to Mao which resulted in 60 million murdered Chinese. Thanks Truman

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  9. All sorts of guidance and directives to tell us what we should call various people! Lucky for me, the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights grants me the right of free speech. Therefore, I don’t have to worry about all this trans- this and intersex that and will contionue to call males men, females women, and cross dressers, trannies, intersex creatures wierdos. I will also use the term “manpower” to refer to work that I, a female, do because “manpower” is a commen term for work. And I will make sure to exercise my 1st Amendment rights whenever and wherever I see fit no matter who decides to be offended, as nowhere in the consitution or Bill or Rights are you guaranteed to never be offended.

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  10. I might,MIGHT, consider this LUDICROUS idea when transgender men ( man to woman) start getting PREGNANT. Outside of that a Mother is someone that gives birth to a child!

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  11. It has gotten to the point that as soon as I get up in the morning, I wrap my head in duct tape to prevent an massive explosion.

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  12. Oh so you can’t offend transgendered people but you can offend normal people anytime? Wow! Nice! So fair!

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  13. I can see being respectful to everyone.. but this alphabet soup is getting to confusing..

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  14. This is an insult to mothers and pregnant women who should be able to name themselves as such and be able to regroup under that name

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