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The federal government and elected leaders have introduced inclusive language such as “birthing person” as opposed to “pregnant woman” or “mother” in recent years, but there is no data showing how many people who identify as transgender give birth in the United States. States on an annual basis.
The Biden administration replaced the word “mothers” with “people giving birth” in the fiscal year 2022 budget, drawing heavy criticism from conservatives that mothers were being cancelled. Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush called mothers “birthers” at a Democratic oversight committee hearing last year, while the New York City Department of Health’s chief medical officer York used the same phrase in a tweet last month.
The move to be more inclusive in referring to mothers has also been embraced by larger companies, with Apple unveiling a “pregnant man” emoji last month.
But data on the number of transgender men who give birth in the United States on an annual basis is not available.
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Fox News Digital contacted the Department of Health and Human Services by phone and email to ask if there is data on transgender pregnancies and births, but received no response. Fox News Digital also reached out to the nine largest hospitals and hospital systems in the United States for a rough estimate, but only received a response from a hospital representative who said Providence Health “didn’t not this data to share”.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health also did not respond to a request for comment on the data. WPATH is an international organization non-profit organization that has established “standards of care” for healthcare professionals working with transgender people and endorsed by several medical organizations.
There is no data on these births because medical systems track pregnant transgender men as women, NBC reported in 2019.
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Other countries, such as Australia, tracked transgender pregnancies and recorded 22 in the 2018-19 financial year out of 35,000 births in the country that year.
The number of people who identify as transgender in the United States has increased in recent years, with researchers from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimating that there were 1.4 million transgender people in 2016, or about 0.6% of American adults. and double the number reported a decade earlier.
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Another study by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law in 2017 estimated that approximately 150,000 young Americans identify as transgender.
Although there are no hard numbers on the number of transgender people who give birth in the United States each year, a Rutgers University study estimated in 2019 that “unintended pregnancies occur in up to 30 % of transgender men”.
The issue of transgender health care has been at the forefront of political debate in recent months. Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, the most senior transgender person in the US government, was recently pushed back for a sweeping claim that ‘there is no argument’ about ‘gender-affirming care’ among pediatricians. and physicians specializing in adolescents. A handful of Republican governors have signed legislation on transgender issues, such as South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, who signed a law requiring college students to compete in sports leagues based on their sex at birth.
President Biden criticized these laws earlier this year and promised to support transgender Americans.
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“The onslaught of state anti-transgender laws that attack you and your families is simply wrong,” Biden said in a video message during Transgender Awareness Day in March. “This administration stands up for you against all of these hateful bills. And we are committed to advancing transgender equality in the classroom, on the playground, in the workplace, in our military, and in our housing and welfare systems. Health care.”
Fox News Digital’s Jon Brown contributed to this article.