Transgender Man Who Gave Birth Prohibited From Being Listed As “Father” On Birth Certificate
A transgender man who gave birth with the help of IVF just lost his legal battle to be registered as the child’s father, rather than its mother, on the birth certificate.
Freddy McConnell was born a female but transitioned to a male and was legally recognized as man when he fell pregnant in 2017.
The 32-year-old decided to take action after a registrar told him that UK law required people who gave birth to be registered as the mother on a birth certificate.
Andrew McFarlane, the president of the High Court’s family division, defined that being a “mother” correlates with pregnant and giving birth.
“There is a material difference between a person’s gender and their status as a parent,” McFarlane said.
“Being a ‘mother,’ whilst hitherto always associated with being female, is the status afforded to a person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth.
It is now medically and legally possible for an individual, whose gender is recognized in law as male, to become pregnant and give birth to their child. Whilst that person’s gender is ‘male,’ their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of ‘mother.’”
McConnell, documented his journey in a BBC documentary, titled “Seahorse.”
His transition began at aged 25 and a year later he had surgery to remove his breast tissue. However, in 2016, he stopped taking testosterone and he became pregnant using a sperm donor.
Following the ruling, McConnell tweeted, “I’m saddened by the court’s decision not to allow trans men to be recorded as father or parent on their children’s birth certificates,
I fear this decision has distressing implications for many kinds of families. I will seek to appeal and give no more interviews at this stage.”