A U.K. court has ruled that a woman who identifies as a man and recently gave birth cannot be recognized as the baby’s “father” on legal documents.
Freddy McConnell, a biological woman who identifies as transgender and retained her female sexual and reproductive organs, sued the General Register Office, which registers births and deaths in England and Wales, claiming that they engaged in discrimination by identifying her as the baby’s mother.
In a decision released Wednesday, the Right Honorable Sir Andrew McFarlane of the High Court of Justice, Family Division, ruled against McConnell.
“Being a ‘mother,’ whilst hitherto always associated with being female, is the status afforded to a person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth,” McFarlane wrote in his ruling.
He added: “It is now medically and legally possible for an individual, whose gender is recognized in law as male, to become pregnant and give birth to their child. Whilst that person’s gender is ‘male,’ their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of ‘mother.’”
McFarlane went on to note that McConnell’s complaint has “failed and must be dismissed,” but she “will automatically have parental responsibility for [her] son.”
McConnell, a multimedia journalist with The Guardian, denounced the decision and is considering an appeal.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski