British Doctors’ Union Bans Staff From Saying ‘Expectant Mother’ to Avoid Offending Transgenders

By Published on January 29, 2017

A medical organization banned its staff from using “expectant mother” when referring to pregnant women, out of fear of offending transgenders.

The British Medical Association (BMA), a union for United Kingdom doctors, passed around a memo on how to use inoffensive phrases, reports The Telegraph Sunday.

Staff should use “pregnant people” instead of “expectant mother” so that transgender men and intersex people won’t be offended, the memo stated.

“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,” the memo said.

A BMA spokesperson said that the guidelines are not for doctors, but for BMA staff.

“This document is produced by the BMA for BMA staff and representatives on promoting an inclusive workplace at the BMA, not in the [National Health Service],” the spokesperson said. “This is not ‘official guidelines’ to doctors on how to treat or address patients.”

A women’s activist expressed outrage over the document, calling it “anti-women” and “anti-mother.”

“This will offend women up and down the country, and is an example of the majority of women being insulted for a tiny minority of people,” women’s rights activist Laura Perrins said.

The memo also includes other phrases that are deemed less offensive to use. “Older people” should be used instead of “elderly,” while “disabled lifts” need to be called “accessible lifts.”

The term “biological male or female” should be replaced with “assigned male or female,” according to the memo.


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  • LYoung

    This is so absurd as not to be commented on, however I’m sure Mr Shakespeare is spinning in his grave over mutilation of the English language.

  • John Rykken

    So these poor folk are required by their masters to pretend, along with the transvestites, that they are actually female. These men can’t get pregnant, and they know it because they know that men, which they know they are, cannot get pregnant. It embarrasses them! It proves them to be men after all. What better thing to do then: create a regulation! Apparently the reality is too much to bear, even for the BMA. So the oddly perverted desire of some men not be men has infected the minds of these BMA leaders. It must be that the entire voting majority of the BMA is composed of transvestite perverts. How else to explain?

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