UK Doctors Now Banned From Calling Pregnant Women ‘Mothers’ In Case It’s ‘Offensive’
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British doctors have been told not to use the word “mother” when referring to pregnant women in case it offends transgender people.
New guidelines issued by the doctors’ trade union the British Medical Association to its 160,000 members say expectant mothers should be called “pregnant people” instead. Another reason cited for using the term “pregnant people” is that it will “celebrate diversity”.
The controversial advice features in a 14-page booklet called “A Guide To Effective Communication: Inclusive Language In The Workplace.”
It says: “A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. However, there are some intersex men and trans men who may get pregnant. We can include intersex men and trans men who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
The guide, available to all public doctors working in the National Health Service, also tells doctors that they should not use the terms “born man” or “born woman” in relation to trans people as these phrases “are reductive and over-simplify a complex subject”.