In another instalment of political correctness gone mad, the British Medical Association (BMA) has released advice on common terms that can no longer used, for fear of “offending” people. Among the ridiculous guidelines, is a real doozy: pregnant women should no longer be called “expectant mothers”. The reason? The term “expectant mothers” might “offend” transgender people.
The BMA stated that gender neutral language is to be preferred, because it “ avoids stereotyping people according to their sex.”
The BMA, Britain’s trade union for doctors, suggested the term “pregnant people” be used instead, so that transgender men and intersex people would not be offended.
The advice came in a 14-page leaflet, called A Guide to Effective Communication: Inclusive Language in the Workplace. The pamphlet’s adherence to radical gender ideology is beyond transparent:
"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. … 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'."
Feeding into the “fluid gender” agenda, the BMA’s guide includes tips for correct title usage, including “Mx”. Rather than using the terms “born male” or “born female”, the BMA advises great care in addressing people’s “assigned gender”:
Don’t use phases that are reductive and overly-simplify a complex subject. A person’s sex is determined by a number of factors.
To date, there has only been one reported case in the UK where a “transitioning” person became pregnant. Hayden Cross, 20, was born female, but now is legally considered to be a male. Before she completed her “transition,” she had hormone treatment but delayed having a sex-change surgery in order to give birth. Regardless of what the individual may “prefer,” Cross’ case verifies that only biologically-born women can give birth – and no amount of “gender” fluidity nonsense can usurp this truth.
Cross’ case also shows how far the radical PC agenda has gone, seeking to remove the phrase “expectant mother” from good medical practice and consequently, from the near 700,000 women who give birth in the UK each year, for the sake of not “offending” one person. Yet, there is no report to suggest that Hayden Cross expressed any offence at the term “expectant mother.”
As we wrote recently, the dominant PC culture forces people to use sanitised language lest we offend anyone. While the BMA may claim that its advice shouldn’t influence the treatment decisions of doctors, it went too far and succumbed to the politically correct.
When elite, well-respected groups police language in this way, it isn’t long before this type of control bleeds into other corners of society.