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Is a transgender man who gives birth a mother? Yes, says UK court

London: An individual who is born female but later becomes male and gives birth to a child should be legally regarded as a mother, England’s High Court has ruled.

Freddy McConnell, a transgender man, wanted to be recognised as the father of his son, who was born last year, on the official birth certificate but was told he would have to be registered as the mother.

Freddy McConnell, pictured with his child.

Freddy McConnell, pictured with his child.Credit:Manuel Vazquez

He sought legal action to quash that decision, saying it breached his and his son’s rights but in a landmark ruling, Andrew McFarlane, President of the High Court’s Family Division, dismissed his claim and concluded that McConnell was the mother.

“It is now medically and legally possible for an individual, whose gender is recognised in law as male, to become pregnant and give birth to their child,” McFarlane said.

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