A committee of the American Medical Association has recommended removing sex designations from birth certificates in order to be more inclusive and scientifically value-neutral. Cue the outrage merchants!
It is the recommendation of the AMA’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee that our AMA should advocate for removal of sex as a legal designation on the public portion of birth certificates. Assigning sex using a binary variable and placing it on the public portion of the birth certificate perpetuates a view that it is immutable and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity. Participation by the medical profession and the government in assigning sex is often used as evidence supporting this binary view. Imposing such a categorization system risks stifling self13 expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization. The Advisory Committee recognizes that moving sex designations below the line of demarcation will not address all aspects of the inequities transgender and intersex people face, but such an effort would represent a valuable first step, with the authoritative voice of our AMA leading the way.
Via The Lily:
The article went viral, thanks in part to right-wing publications and conservative personalities, who pushed back against the AMA’s recommendation. Among them was former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, who tweeted that it was “the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.”
Rep. Mary E. Miller (R-Ill.) also responded, tweeting, “Is this ‘The Science’ we are supposed to be trusting?”
An earlier editorial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine had the same effect on conservative non-experts holding on a little too tightly to their oversimplified middle school biology lessons from long ago.