There’s a story in the news this week which seems like a high-water mark on the transgender issue. An individual was born a woman but was legally recognised as a man by the Gender Recognition Panel.
Subsequently, they underwent successful fertility treatment and were confirmed to be pregnant. Following the birth, the Registrar General said the individual must be registered as their mother despite the individual's new ‘male’ legal status. If this person is successful in their bid to have this overturned, the child would be the first in the UK legally not to have a mother.
In a truly Orwellian move, lawyers for the Government have said “Mother is no longer a gender-specific term that applies only to women”. You can read more about that here.
This case perhaps highlights just how quick and profound the consequences could be around the culture shift on transgenderism. It shows the extent of the public confusion and biological gymnastics that are being attempted to the extent that man, women, mother and father become devoid of any distinctive meaning. A quick look at the NHS guidance on fertility treatment and the Human Embryology and Fertility Authority shows this issue is being approached from a mechanical point of view without any ethical consideration about the effects of such technology on society, the individuals involved and not least the children born.
How we respond at this moment is vitally important for the people involved and for our wider culture. We have produced some guidance to help people think through the biblical, pastoral and societal issues with truth and grace. You can watch Tim’s video here and read our resource here.