The American Medical Association (AMA) came under fire after calling for sex to be removed as a legal designation on public birth certificates.
Public outrage roared when WebMD tweeted the AMA’s recommendation last week. According to the report they posted:
“Requiring it can lead to discrimination and unnecessary burden on individuals whose current gender identity does not align with their designation at birth, namely when they register for school or sports, adopt, get married, or request personal records.”
Willie Underwood III, MD, the report’s author, explained that “a person’s sex designation at birth would still be submitted to the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth for medical, public health, and statistical use only.”
Ten states currently allow for gender-neutral designations on birth certificates, while 48 allow for people to amend their gender identities later in life.
“Assigning sex using binary variables in the public portion of the birth certificate fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity,” Underwood remarked.
Critic Robert Jackson, MD, thinks recording gender is necessary for physicians to accurately describe infants on their birth certificates.
“All through medical school, residency, and specialty training we were supposed to delegate all of the physical findings of the patient we’re taking care of,” Jackson said. “I think when the child is born, they do have physical characteristics either male or female and I think that probably should be on the public record.”
Online commentators seemed to concur with Jackson. “Thanks for making it more difficult to argue down vaccine skeptics. Every time I say “trust medical science,” they can just point to this clown show,” one Twitter user replied.
“How to say ‘We prioritize woke ideology over science and health’ without saying ‘We prioritize woke ideology over science and health,’” said another.
“Certain medications affect men and women differently,” one pointed out.
“Good news for men under 25: Call your auto insurance company and demand a lower premium because you’re no longer male,” quipped another.
“Another once-trusted institution has lost its mind,” concluded author Christina Sommers.