The phrase â€œpregnant womanâ€ needs to be more inclusive and termed â€œpregnant peopleâ€ in a U.N. treaty, the British government announced on Monday.
The British governmentâ€™s suggestion on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights claims the wording excludes pregnant transgender people. The treaty says â€œpregnant womenâ€ are protected and not subject to the death penalty, reported The Times.
The current terminology excludes transgender people who have given birth, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office claims.
â€œWe requested that the U.N. Human Rights Committee made it clear that the same right extends to pregnant transgender people,â€ Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials told The Times.
There are two transgender men on record in the U.K. who have given birth after having a sex change. The biological women kept their womb and ovaries during the change, according to the Sunday report.
Some feminists are not happy about the terminology.
26 Oct 2017