NZ Herald 23 October 2017
Family First Comment: Dear UK
Only women can become pregnant.
Britain is lobbying the United Nations to start using the term “pregnant people” on the grounds that confining the description to women excludes transgender people.
The proposal would change a UN human rights treaty to include protections for transgender pregnancies – where babies are born to transgender men who retained a functioning womb and ovaries.
There are only two known UK cases of transgender pregnancy, the Daily Mail reports.
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 treaty says a “pregnant woman” must be protected, including not being subject to the death penalty.
But in the Foreign Office submission, Britain says the term “pregnant woman” may “exclude transgender people who have given birth”. The suggested alternative is “pregnant people”.
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