Left-leaning members of a medical lobby group propose removing gender designations from birth registration documents, because individuals should decide if they want to be a man or woman.
The American Medical Association (AMA) wants birth certificates to drop whether a person is “male” or “female.” AMA claims the omission would prevent discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people later in life.
AMA’s Board of Directors claims it reached the decision after evaluating two forms of birth documentation across the United States. The ‘live birth certificate’ is used to collect vital data and statistics. The ‘certificate of birth’ certifies a person was born alive. It contains the parents’s names, child’s name and biological sex according to Breitbart.
“In the United States, the Standard Certificates of Live Birth form is the primary means by which uniformity of data collection and processing is achieved,” the association said in its June report to the Board of Trustees. “Birth certificates, on the other hand, are issued by the government to individuals as proof of birth.”
The association recommends only recording biological sex on the certificate used for private statistical record-keeping. Birth certificates are to bear no gender.
“Sex designation, as collected through the standard form and included on the birth certificate, refers to the biological difference between males and females,” the report said.
The majority of states (48) and District of Columbia allows people to amend their sex designation on their birth certificate to reflect individual gender identities. However, only 10 states allow for a gender-neutral designation, which appears as an “X” on the certificate.
Existing AMA policy recognizes every individual has the right to choose their gender identity and sex designation on government documents. The board believes completely removing sex designations from birth certificates will protect individual privacy and prevent possible discrimination.
“AMA will advocate for the removal of sex as a legal designation on the public portion of the birth certificate,” the report said. “Information on an individual’s sex designation at birth will still be submitted through the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth for medical, public health, and statistical use only.”
However, not all physicians agree with this direction.
Former Florida state Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R) believes health industry groups should focus more on improving medical practices and their provision. They should refrain from making statements about “wrong and fashionable” social matters.
“AMA initially existed to improve the nation’s quality of care and of the physicians who provided it,” the doctor said according to the Federalist. “AMA changed after the passage of Medicare, cozying up to government in a slow erosion of allegiance to its members.”
Gonzalez recalled AMA succumbed to political pressure, and changed its position on terminating pregnancies in 1969. This came despite the classic Hippocratic Oath condemning abortion practices.
“AMA now allowed its physicians to kill the unborn.,” he said. “Abandonment of members’s priorities continued from there.”
He also questioned the medical association’s April 26 support for minors who opt for genital mutilation, because they reject their biological sex.
“America’s physicians–and their patients–desperately need a medical organization designed to represent them, that will protect physician independence and pursue medical education without government interference or meddling,” he said.