The strange case of “Freddy McConnell,” the biological woman who “transitioned” to male in 2013 before giving birth to a baby boy in 2018, just got a whole lot stranger.
The most senior family judge in England and Wales has ruled that McConnell cannot be registered as her child’s father on the baby’s birth certificate, despite McConnell being legally designated male.
The Guardian reports:
In the first legal definition of a mother in English common law, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the high court’s family division, ruled on Wednesday that motherhood was about being pregnant and giving birth regardless of whether the person who does so was considered a man or a woman in law.
Freddy McConnell, 32, who has lived as a man for several years but retained his female reproductive system and gave birth in 2018, went to court after a registrar insisted he was recorded as the baby’s mother on the birth certificate despite holding a gender recognition certificate that made it clear the law considered him male.
The ruling was quickly attacked by campaigners and lawyers as a blow to the rights of trans parents and their children and sparked calls, including from the judge, for legislative reform.
“Being a ‘mother’ or a ‘father’ with respect to the conception, pregnancy and birth of a child is not necessarily gender specific,” McFarlane stated in his decision. “There is a material difference between a person’s gender and their status as a parent. 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 recognised 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,’” McFarlane concluded.
That a judge even needs to explain this just goes to show how unimaginably insane Western civilization has gone.
In response to the ruling, McConnell said she was “saddened” and is considering an appeal.
“If it is upholding the status quo then I am really worried about what that this means not just for me but other trans people who are parents or who want to become parents,” she said. “It has serious implications for non-traditional family structures. It upholds the view that only the most traditional forms of family are properly recognised or treated equally. It’s just not fair.”
A representative for McConnell’s child told the court that it was important for his identity and self-esteem that his birth certificate “reflects the reality of his life”.
“Father means male parent,” they said. “That is exactly what [McConnell] is. Anything else gives the impression of something secretive or shameful. This could lead [the child] to feeling excluded for society and that he is different or odd.”
Of course, it is shameful and tragic that this individual is putting a child through the confusion of being raised in such a way, but that’s the height of heresy in today’s leftist-dominated environment.
If the laws regarding who can and cannot be registered as a mother or father must reflect basic human biology, why can’t the rest of public policy follow suit?
Why should there be any rational basis whatsoever for McConnel to be considered legally male if she can’t also be considered her child’s father?
Who’s to say she can’t legally declare herself a tea kettle?! There is simply no consistency, no rhyme or reason behind the laws and court opinions that have led us to this point.
It would be laughable if children like McConnell’s, and those who wish to be like her, weren’t the victims.
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