Medicare

Medicare Records Say 55 Australian Men Gave Birth to Babies in 2014

27 July 2022

4 MINS

And they say the Virgin Birth requires a leap of faith!

If Australian Government records are to believed, 55 men gave birth to babies in 2014-15.

Those are the official Medicare records as reported by The Australian newspaper on Thursday.

Now if that sounds strange, don’t be alarmed. The Australian’s journalist provided this helpful explanation:

‘That’s possible because not everyone’s gender identity matches the reproductive organs they were born with.’

Well of course!

Wait. What?!

I think what the journalist meant to say was:

‘That’s impossible because men can’t give birth. It’s a case of Woke health bureaucrats wrongly recording women as men, either in a misguided attempt at kindness or in a concerted effort to push an ideological fetish — likely both — making a mockery of birth records in the process.’

Excluding Mothers

The miracle in the maternity ward was revealed after a new mum complained about being handed a government form describing her as ‘birthing parent’ rather than mother.

Sall Grover complained on Twitter about the Medicare form.

‘Attention women in Australia: On the form to put our newborn baby on our Medicare card, we are referred to as “birthing parent”. Enough is enough. This absolute bullsh*t is exclusionary, alienating and derogatory towards every woman wants to be and is called “mother”.’

Cleary Ms Grover wasn’t buying the whole “not everyone’s gender identity matches the reproductive organs they were born with therefore you have been reclassified as a birthing person rather than a mother. Now are you ready to try chest feeding?” schtick.

Ms Grover’s tweet went viral and — credit where credit is due — Government Services Minister Bill Shorten acted immediately.

He tweeted:

‘They will be replaced with new forms that use the word mother, not birthing parent.’

But hell hath no fury like a pregnant man accused of being a woman just as the baby in his um, womb, is about to come out of his, er, vagina.

Outrage

LGBTQ+ activists and ABC journalists — but I repeat myself — immediately flew into the kind of rage usually reserved for January when they discover all over again that Margaret Court’s name has not been replaced at the Melbourne Park tennis centre.

Mr Shorten was variously described as ‘embarrassing’, ‘disappointing’, and of course ‘transphobic’. He was accused of ‘weaponizing language’, ‘keeping the war on trans people going’ and ‘pandering to right-wing zealots’.

That last one was my personal favourite. In the topsy-turvy world of progressive leftism, “mother” is now a conservative word, and a person ascribing to basic biology is a right-wing zealot!

‘So what happens if you are a man, non-binary or intersex and you are pregnant? You get called mother? Seems inaccurate for those people. Does accuracy not matter?’ tweeted one activist for whom self-awareness was clearly not a strong point.

Insisting that men can be pregnant and, in the same breath, that accuracy matters is oxymoronic.

It is precisely because accuracy matters that people (by whom we mean women) who give birth are called mothers. That this needs to be explained to the most educated generation in history is genuinely bewildering.

Another gender-botherer taking Mr Shorten to task wrote:

‘It hurts exactly no one to use inclusive language. You know this. You should do and be better.’

See, here’s the thing about nouns. Their purpose is not to be inclusive; their purpose is to identify things so that we can communicate clearly. Someone should do and be better at primary school English.

And what is “inclusive language” anyway, other than ideological obfuscation? It’s neither clever nor kind. It’s the deliberate muddying of language to hide reality from people who prefer fantasy.

Speaking of which, ABC TV and radio journalist Patricia Karvelas complained to Mr Shorten:

‘Probably might be a good time — especially after the last election — to think about the experience of others. Trans men giving birth is something that is happening in our community. Trans people are tired of being the source of others outrage.’

Well sure. And people following the science are tired of being the source of LGBTQIA+ activist outrage.

Ignoring Reality

Disagreeing with an absurdity is only an “outrage” for those who have decided to pick up absurdity and run with it as their worldview.

Besides, if trans men insist on giving birth, then you have to question their commitment to being men!

To quote Monty Python (who, let’s face, it were way ahead of their time) …

‘Where’s the foetus gonna gestate? In a box?’

Monty Python

Karvelas continued:

‘Imagine if instead of fighting we just found a solution. One where everyone’s identities were respected. Including women who embrace the word mother and people who are not women but can have babies. What a kinder world.’

Oh yes, imagine! With apologies to John Lennon …

Imagine there’s no gender
The ABC do try
No heteronormativity
Only gay or bi

Imagine all the trans men
Giving birth today

Imagine there’s no gender
It isn’t hard to do
Women have babies
And men too

Imagine all the birthing people
Livin’ lies in peace

You may say I’ve escaped the asylum
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be undone

Karvelas is not advocating kindness or respect. She is advocating absurdity.

Her imagined ‘solution’ is to suppress the truth that only women can have babies and to promote the lie that men can give birth.

And to think these people mock Christians for believing in the virgin birth. At least the Virgin Mary was a woman! And at least Christians, unlike trans activists, have the honesty to admit their worldview requires miracles.

Karvelas wants us to imagine a world in which men can have babies because it would be kind. I want to imagine a world in which everyone eats takeout and never gets fat because that too would be kind. Except it isn’t the real world.

The overwhelming majority of Australians could care less about how someone identifies. But unrealities should not be promoted on government forms or in government records or, dare I say, by the national broadcaster.

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Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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