There’s something weird going on out there in liberal-land. It’s causing a clash of individualisms that would be laughable if it wasn’t so damaging to so many.
It’s all to do with how you know whether someone is a boy or a girl.
If they’re in the womb, the doctor can look at the scan and say, ‘It’s a girl!’
In fact, the embryo doesn’t even have to make it to the scan. IVF treatments can identify the sex of fertilised eggs in the petri dish, since the sex is determined at the point of fertilisation.
If the child manages to make it to birth, the midwives will confirm ‘It’s a boy’ or ‘It’s a girl.’ Anyone changing the baby’s nappy for the next couple of dozen months will concur. The evidence is right before your eyes. It’s Biology 101. (And if you’re now hearing Nursie saying ‘A boy without a winkle? Lord be praised it’s a miracle!’, I salute you.)
Once the child grows up a little, however, these little details like body parts and chromosomes are deemed, by some, to be irrelevant. What matters is whether the child identifies as a boy or a girl.
While this seems, to most of us, to fly in the face of logic, we’re not allowed to say that, for fear of being accused of intolerance, bigotry or worse. Children must be free to express their true natures and decide for themselves who and what they are.
But the real bizarreness (bizzarity?) comes when the abortion lobby get involved. Some of them (though by no means all) say things like “If a woman does not want to have a foetus who is one sex or the other, forcing her [to go through with the pregnancy] is not going to be good for the eventual child*, and it’s not going to be good for [the mother’s] mental health.”
But if we can’t know what gender the child is going to identify as until they’re, say, two or three years old, how can the woman be certain what she is aborting? It may look like a girl, but really be a boy (and Nursie would look like a good liberal, not a daft old woman).
Who would you sue if your IVF doctor, on your instruction, implanted a male embryo, and it turned out to identify as a girl? Pity the mother’s mental health then.
I’m no supporter of the transgender agenda, but it seems to me that it could actually be used to prevent at least some abortions, if trans activists were able to convince the courts that abortions on the grounds of sex were not only discriminatory but recklessly premature.
Maybe we should let them fight this one out amongst themselves.
* I couldn’t let this slide without pointing out that it’s not terribly good for the ‘eventual child’ to be injected with saline and dismembered, either…
PS For those of you who knew I was having website problems: it’s working properly again now. Thanks for your patience.