Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I'm Pregnant, Man I'm A Pregnant Man!

Thomas Beatie, makin' history down in Oregon, has people vewy, vewy confused.

He's a man. And he's married to a wonderful woman. And they're having a baby. And he's the one who's pregnant!

Doctors are running away as fast as they can make excuses:

"The first doctor we approached was a reproductive endocrinologist. He was shocked by our situation and told me to shave my facial hair. After a $300 consultation, he reluctantly performed my initial checkups. He then required us to see the clinic’s psychologist to see if we were fit to bring a child into this world and consulted with the ethics board of his hospital. A few months and a couple thousand dollars later, he told us that he would no longer treat us, saying he and his staff felt uncomfortable working with 'someone like me.'"

Herb, did you have any idea what you were starting when you wrote Persistence of Vision?

(Thank you, Karen!)

UPDATE: A Portland television station is reporting that this may be a hoax. Beattie is apparently declining to give interviews until April First. Hmmm...

Other bloggers are weighing in. Some of them really need to take a pill or something, jeez.


Blogger Karen said...

First, I think it's truly shitty that the doctors wouldn't treat him. "Uncomfortable"? Wankers. If the couple were made to take psych tests, how about making everyone take psych tests? There are lots of people who are not fit to have kids, and gender orientation has nothing to do with it. And their alleged friends and family are jerks.

That article did answer some of my questions - such as how they achieved the pregnancy and how/if they would have gender-assigned parental roles.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 8:42:00 AM  
Blogger JeanC said...

Good for him and his wife and shame on everyone else.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Ain't that doctor somethin', Karen? Ya'd think after all the time he spent in pre-med with cadavers, and then in med school with all those icky diseases and shit, he would have outgrown being squeamish, fer crissake!

Do-it-yourself-at-home artificial insemination...could catch on. Ya think? I bet we start hearing some screaming from the medical community, now, too! For all that they say pregnancy is not a medical condition, doctors pretty much want to have absolute control over the whole process from beginning to end.

Wanna bet we start seein' some legislation popping up, prohibiting people from performing AI at home? I mean, I bet they thought those turkey baster jokes were only jokes...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Well, the doctors may get legislation passed, but I doubt they can stop people from doing at-home AI. How are they going to prove someone got pregnant by AI?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 1:56:00 PM  

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