The American Medical Association (AMA) has raised controversy by suggesting the idea of uterus transplants for transgender women and if the surgeries may be paid for by taxpayers.
Doctor From John Hopkins Doesn’t Agree
Dr. Martin Makary of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine criticizes the AMA’s focus on taxpayer-funded uterus transplants for trans women.
He Questions Why the Association Isn’t Prioritizing Research
He questions why the association isn’t prioritizing research on other important topics in transgender medicine, like the long-term effects of gender transition surgeries and comparing aggressive treatments to talk therapy for suicide rates.
94% Of Trans Women Want to Give Birth
In a study from 2021 about men who see themselves as women and their thoughts on uterus transplants, a huge 94% of those asked thought that being able to have babies would make them feel more feminine.
Additionally, 88% thought that being able to “menstruate” would also help them feel this way.
Uterus Transplants Gain Momentum
Within the medical field, the movement toward uterus transplants for transgender men has gained momentum in recent years.
Advocates Say Everyone Should Have the Right
People like Jacques Bayala, a medical expert at McGill University, believe that if you’re born without a uterus or become a woman through transitioning, you should still have the right to become a mother.
This is especially important when considering your ability to have children as it relates to your gender.
Rights Should Be Based on Gender Identity
Bayala’s point is that rights should depend on the reproductive characteristics of your gender identity.
Critics Question Where the Funds Will Come From
Critiques have emerged regarding the AMA’s allocation of resources, particularly in the face of pressing medical concerns such as overtreatment, the medical-industrial complex, stagnant cancer research, and skyrocketing healthcare costs.
Diverting Medical Attention
Dr. Makary notes that focusing on uterus transplants for transgender individuals appears to divert attention from more immediate and significant issues within the medical field.
Contrasting Perspectives on Transplants
The debates on uterus transplants for transgender women showcase contrasting perspectives, with proponents emphasizing justice and equality and viewing such procedures as justifiable under certain circumstances.
No Access Could Cause ‘Psychological Harm’
A study shows that denying transgender women access to this procedure might result in “psychological harm” akin to that experienced by biological women who cannot conceive.
Questions About Biology and Personal Rights
The article raises complex questions about identity, societal roles, and the relationship between biology and personal rights.
Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding the Uterus
The absence of a uterus is viewed as an obstacle to full participation in the social experiences associated with women’s identity, creating ethical dilemmas that extend beyond the realm of medical procedures.
Author Says Candidates Wouldn’t Have Coverage
The AMA paper, authored by Timothy Murphy from Illinois University College of Medicine and Kelsey Mumford from the University of Texas, acknowledges that candidates for uterus transplants wouldn’t all possess the same standing to receive federal subsidies or insurance coverage.
Other Fertility Treatments Aren’t Usually Covered
They point out that fertility treatments like in-vitro fertilization aren’t typically covered by government or insurance companies.
Primary Concerns Are About Resources
The article shows different opinions on uterus transplants for transgender women, like concerns about resources, but overall, it seems to support the procedure, although with some conditions.
Higher Risks Compared to Benefits
The authors acknowledge that cases rooted in personal interests unrelated to childbearing or achieving status equality may be morally weaker, given the relatively higher risks compared to benefits.
Argues People Are Choosing Gender Like Flavors
He says the lack of scientific support for the notion that people can choose their gender as they would an ice cream flavor.
Concerns Over Corporate Interests
President of the American Principles Project, Terry Schilling raises concerns about the larger implications of prioritizing corporate interests and potentially disregarding the natural essence of human identity.
The introduction of what he refers to as “Frankenstein tech” into human biology could have far-reaching societal consequences that extend beyond immediate medical considerations.
Medical Groups Are Politically Affected
As groups like the AMA are more affected by political leanings, disagreements within them are still quite heated.
Differing Opinions Are Being Silenced
Dr. Makary thinks it’s like a modern version of McCarthyism, where researchers with different opinions are silenced and blocked.
Doctor Suspended for Questioning Testosterone
The Mayo Clinic recently suspended Dr. Michael Joyner, a well-known exercise expert, for saying that using testosterone in trans women sports might create unfair competition.
AMA Says It Has No Official Stance
After the article’s publication, the AMA clarified to the Washington Examiner that it does not have an official uterus transplantation policy.
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