Dear editor!
Some new legislative amendments under the Overall Work-Life Balance and Other Provisions Act 2022 envision a very different future for maternity in Ireland. One of the proposed amendments is listed in section 16 (1) by replacing the word “woman” with “person”.

The rationale in the Explanatory Note states: “The proposed amendment is intended to bring a transgender man who, under the Gender Recognition Act 2015, has obtained a gender recognition certificate and subsequently becomes pregnant, to be covered by the Maternity Protection Act. 1994″.

We are now legally paving the way for men to have children. I believe that only women are biologically created and physiologically capable of pregnancy and childbirth, even though we men have a “legal right” to do so.

With respect
Richard Gavin
Family doctor
Cornerstone Medical
Drogheda

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