The UK’s National Health Service has released a new ‘guidebook’ stating that transgender women will now be offered breast exams and cervical smear tests, regardless of the fact that they do not possess a cervix. It has been reported that:
[The guidelines] have been introduced to avoid “triggering gender dysphoria” in the transgendered, NHS material indicates.
However, the new development is not just an example of political correctness overriding common sense, nor is it merely a waste of time and resources. The decision also poses a legitimate health concern for trans men, who are not invited for breast or cervical cancer screenings, even though many them have not had their uteruses surgically removed:
Also, amid fears that offering women who identify as men to have breast and cervical cancer screenings would offend them, the country's national medical system would not be inviting such individuals for those kinds of tests, the Telegraph (UK) reported Sunday.
"We've now got to the point where state collusion with this transgender agenda is endangering the health of women. It's a ludicrous use of NHS resources to invite men for a cervical smear test, while it's immoral and dangerous not to invite women," said Laura Perrins, a conservative women's campaigner, in comments to the Daily Mail.
Regardless of how trans men identify, their body still is biologically susceptible to feminine health concerns like cervical cancer, which takes the lives of 900 women per year in the UK. Regardless, the NHS refuses to invite such individuals to receive proper care. In their manual they state:
Smear tests can be "uncomfortable" for trans men since "it is often a procedure designed for women," a video accompanying the guidelines explains. Trans men who are not invited for a smear test "should still consider having cervical screening," the advice says.
Political correctness is actively harming women.
As MP David Davies pointed out, “This NHS effort to be politically correct is putting the lives of women who claim to be men at risk.”