A 1976 civil rights covenant in the United Kingdom is in dire need of a vocabulary update, according to British officials who are discussing the language of a proposed amendment to a United Nations treaty. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights currently lists certain protections for “pregnant women,” like being spared the death penalty. Unfortunately for the language police, “women” is now an exclusionary term.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), wants “pregnant women” to be changed to “pregnant people” in order not to “exclude transgender people who have given birth.” A statement from the FCO read: "We requested that the UN human rights committee made it clear that the same right [to life for pregnant women] extends to pregnant transgender people.”
However, not all leftists are happy with this proposal, especially feminists, who view removing “women” as an attack on the gender. Feminist author Sarah Ditum added to the conundrum:
"This isn't inclusion. This is making women unmentionable. Having a female body and knowing what that means for reproduction doesn't make you 'exclusionary'. Forcing us to decorously scrub out any reference to our sex on pain of being called bigots is an insult.”
Feminists made similar complaints against the UK’s Office of National Statistics which wanted to remove the male/female gender options from the next census as to not upset transgender people.
The Times of India reported on one other nail in Britain’s coffin:
Prime Minister Theresa May had announced last week that her government plans to go ahead with a consultation on changes to the country's Gender Recognition Act, allowing people to "self-certify" their gender.
Critics have warned biological men will get the legal right to access women's hospital wards, prisons, lavatories, changing rooms and competitive sports simply by declaring they are female.