By Jonathon Van Maren
Remember when we were told that the transgender debate was mostly about conservatives being jerks about pronouns? I think we’ve moved past that.
For a couple of years already, biological men cosplaying as women have been demanding that the medical establishment address the injustice inflicted on them by reality and figure out a way to put wombs in men. Further to that, trans activists have asserted that this is, in fact, a right, and that as such womb transplants – when that day arrives – should be free. That is, funded by the taxpayer. You can’t make this stuff up. You wouldn’t want to.
As insane as it sounds, we might be getting closer to that day: doctors are now saying that it may soon be possible to transplant wombs into biological men. According to the National Post:
Several teams are ‘actively working’ to make uterus transplants for transgender women a reality, according to an article published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, with the first such procedure likely to happen ‘within the next few years, if not sooner.’
A team at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, the first in North America to transplant a uterus from a deceased donor into a woman born without one, authored the paper. If the anatomical challenges in transgender women can be overcome – and surgeons have said none seem insurmountable – uterus transplants would make it possible for trans women to gestate and give birth to a child. The baby would be delivered by caesarean section. In some cases, the donor womb might come from a transgender man – someone who was born female who is transitioning to male and who no longer desires a uterus.
In short, surgeons can play mix and match with body parts. A woman who wants to be a man has her womb removed; that womb can then be put in a man who wants to be a woman.
And it gets weirder: “Others have sketched a hypothetical but plausible case in which a transgender woman who undergoes a uterus transplant carries a pregnancy conceived with her own previously frozen sperm – raising ethical and legal issues regarding what ‘parental title’ she should be given.”
According to a team from Temple University Hospital’s plastic and reconstructive surgery program, who noted that womb transplants are close enough to being a reality that it is time to “pre-emptively plan for the challenge that these parents will face,” the solution is likely to proceed with “de-gendering” parenthood.