I didn't realize that a sex-change enabled a person to still have the genitals of their former gender. In any case, it's my opinion that anyone capable of getting pregnant ought to be able to do so.
This is Thomas Beatie, right? They have two children now. It's making people question and rethink "What is a family." Which I think should be re-evaluated instead of judged or prohibited. First of all, the long process of changing a gender has a lot of psychological testing. So it's not a willy nilly process. The real issue is that there psychologically inept abusive parents having children who are in heterosexual, non transgendered/reassigned relationships. Taking away his rights to have a child does not stop child abuse or dysfunction. It only reflects our feelings about him being pregnant. The rights of the child tends to be ignored when we are approached with something different and not what we think is "normal". Should this person's right to have children be taken away? And "why"? Because we don't think it is right or because we don't think it is normal? They shouldn't have a right to raise a family because? I feel we can address anything to our children and that the problem is we expect the school system to address things that not everyone can agree with. There's the huge debate. As a top priority, mutual respect for differences and respect of life should prevail when approaching difficult situations. The rest are details that should be worked out in a humane and just manner without the quick judgment and hasty conclusions.
of course he should. you can't tell someone they're not "allowed" to get pregnant, anyways- it's his body, and if it works that way, he can do what he wants.
They still have the female organs I think but if they are on hormone therapy can they get pregnant?
Thank you for the question. I actually don't see why not. One of my cousins is transgender and I understand that there are good medical reasons why -- for female to male gender reassignment in particular -- many transgender people do NOT opt to go "all the way" where surgical options are concerned.
Basically, using plastic surgery to construct an artificial vagina from a penis gives reasonably satisfactory results. But constructing a functioning penis from vaginal tissue is far more challenging given the current state of medical knowledge.
I have a gay male friend who raised three happy children, first as a single dad, and for the past 9 years or so with a male partner with whom he is in a committed relationship.
And I know of single fathers and single mothers who are doing an incredibly good job of raising their children. I simply cannot find a reason why a transgendered person cannot be a good parent.
Ironically, as a Catholic I am not totally comfortable with the idea of artificial insemination, and the idea of a transgendered Dad having a child naturally with a woman actually troubles me less (no moral questions about selective reduction when too many embryos "take").
It is a question of individual conscience. A matter between gay Catholics and G*d. My religion forbids me to judge; we are taught that sexual inclination is not a lifestyle choice, but a question of biology.
So gay Catholics are to be welcomed and supported if they wish to hear mass, even if they might not be able to receive Holy Communion. Being born gay (or a man in the body of a woman etc) is not a grounds for excommunication or shunning. HTH...
I think that people change their birth cert because they believe that they were born the wrong sex and the sex change op just brings them in line with who they really are - so they do not want a reminder of the mistake that occurred when they were born.
If a woman becomes a man then as far as I know they do not remove the inner reproductive organs - so the uterus etc still remains. I don't see anything wrong with a man having a baby - if he has the organs to do so.
well how are they technically a man if they still have their womb -- seems like they would still be a woman