Here’s a disgusting story that begins with a celebration of transgender “diversity” but ends with the tragic death of an innocent infant.
Warning: This story is extremely unsettling.
Here is more from PJ Media:
This week, The New England Journal of Medicine published a bizarre story. A “transgender man” entered a hospital with severe abdominal pains. Because she was identified as a man, the doctors naturally did not think to treat her for labor and delivery, so she tragically lost the baby. Rather than emphasizing the danger of placing gender identity over biological sex, both the journal and The Washington Post made the absurd claim that the hospital should not have ruled out pregnancy for a man.
“He was rightly classified as a man” in the medical records and appears masculine, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, wrote in the journal article. “But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.” …
The Washington Post’s Marilynn Marchione argued that this case should make doctors aware of the “blurred lines” in medicine. Citing the journal article, she claimed that the case “points to larger issues about assigning labels or making assumptions in a society increasingly confronting gender variations in sports, entertainment and government. In medicine, there’s a similar danger of missing diseases such as sickle cell and cystic fibrosis that largely affect specific racial groups, the authors wrote.”
Yet this conclusion is forced at best, and merely serves to blind people to the truth of the story.
The 32-year-old woman was not identified, but the journal noted that she told the nurse she was transgender at the emergency room. The record listed her as male. She hadn’t had a period in several years and had been taking testosterone, which decreases ovulation and menstruation. She quit taking the hormone after she lost health insurance.
The mother had taken a home pregnancy test and it came out positive. She also had wet herself, a possible sign of ruptured membranes and labor. A nurse ordered a pregnancy test but considered her stable and her problems non-urgent.
Hours later, a doctor evaluated her and confirmed pregnancy. They took an ultrasound and found clear signs of fetal heart activity, but part of the umbilical cord had slipped into the birth canal. Doctors prepared to do an emergency c-section, but the baby’s heartbeat stopped in the operating room.
The Washington Post reported these words, “Moments later, the man delivered a stillborn baby.”
Tellingly, the authors wrote that if a clearly identified woman had shown up with similar systems, the woman “would almost surely have been triaged and evaluated more urgently for pregnancy-related problems.” In other words, the confusion of transgender identity prevented the doctors from giving this mother the care she needed.
The toxic doublespeak of transgender identity runs throughout the journal article and the Washington Post story. …
And what these Liberal outlets WON’T tell you is that this toxic double-speak directly led to the infant’s death.
There’s much more, from PJ Media:
This is akin to telling a teenage girl who struggles with anorexia (thinking she is fat when she is really thin) that she is truly fat and should starve herself. Whatever the anorexic girl’s “fat identity,” the fact is that she needs food to survive, and attempts to starve herself are unhealthy.
In this mother’s tragic case, the medical profession’s rapid embrace of transgender identity actually cost a human life. This unborn baby had done nothing to deserve death, but because the baby’s mother identified as a man and because medical records listed her as male, her baby was not given the help this most vulnerable human needed to survive.
“It’s a very upsetting incident, it’s a tragic outcome,” Dr. Tamara Wexler, a hormone specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center, told the Post.
Yet she drew an absurd lesson from the tragedy. “Medical training should include exposure to transgender patients” so health workers are better able to meet their needs. “A lot of doctors who are practicing don’t have that in their training.”
Yea, because THAT’S the problem. Doctors and nurses are too intolerant.
Give me a break.
“There are implicit biases that need to be addressed,” Nic Rider, a transgender health specialist and psychologist at the University of Minnesota, told the Post. He insisted that training is not enough. People must be re-educated to stop thinking of human beings as male and female. …
Basic biology is accurate. Only women can get pregnant. Even though this mother identified herself as transgender, she should have been seen as a woman. Her false identity is not “diversity,” and in this case, it made it harder for doctors to save the life of her baby. …
Accurate medical records cannot erase biological sex. Men and women have different health needs, and even when a transgender person takes hormones and surgery, his or her body is still impacted by his or her biological sex. In the case of a “transgender man” like this, doctors need to know that she is truly female — this can be a matter of life and death.
The tragedy in this case is not “those bigoted doctors and nurses” but the prevailing fiction that this woman is “really a man.” Had the medical records not listed her as male, her baby might be alive today.