Sam rushes to the hospital. Sam is obese and reports experiencing hours of abdominal pain. The nurse measures high blood pressure and looks at medical records, which say Sam is a male who had been on blood-pressure medication. Sam recently stopped taking them. The nurse classifies the case as a non-emergency and orders lab work.
But Sam is not a male. Sam is a “transgender male” — that is, a biological female — and Sam is pregnant. Sam is, in fact, in labor. Scrambling as the lab results reveal the pregnancy, the medical team intervenes — but too late. The baby dies.
This case, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2019 (the patient’s name is changed), could become far more common if plans announced on May 10 by the Biden administration are left in place.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared, without advance notice, that, starting immediately, it will impose an obscure part of Obamacare called “Section 1557” as if it prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) discrimination — for practically the entire health field.
Medicine relies uniquely on biology — indeed, it is biology. Rewriting the meaning of “male” and “female” in the context of medicine is not only anti-science; it’s madness. Hospitals and doctors would be required to do dangerous things such as falsely list females as males in medical charts and codes, adhering to the patient’s gender identity rather than biology. Indeed, a new field of “gender-specific medicine” is being created to supplant basic biological fact. Read more…