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Transgender man legally a mom for giving birth: Court

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Published on September 29, 2019 with No Comments

An individual who is born female but later becomes male and gives birth to a child should be legally regarded as a mother, England’s high court has ruled. Fred McConnell, a transgender man, wanted to be recognised as the father of his son, who was born last year, on the official registration of the child’s birth but was told he would have to be registered as the mother. He sought legal action to quash that decision, saying it breached his and his son’s rights but in a landmark ruling, Andrew McFarlane, president of the high court’s family division, dismissed his claim and concluded that McConnell was the mother. “It is now medically and legally possible for an individual, whose gender is recognised in law as male, to become pregnant and give birth to their child,” McFarlane said. “Whilst that person’s gender is ‘male’, their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of ‘mother’.”

 

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