Haley Behre:

There are many different types of parents raising children in society. There are mothers and fathers, two fathers, two mothers, a single mother, a single father, and the list goes on, raising children.

These families, for the most part, are accepted and deemed suited to raise a family.

However, there is a debate whether transsexual couples who wish to become parents through in-vitro are suited to do so. Those who oppose it question whether “social change and medical technology” should intertwine, according to the article. They fear that they might not be psychologically/emotionally ready.

But what makes a person “fit” to be a parent? Families come in different forms, with different types of affection, commonalities and bonds. There are differences because there is no ONE family that is the same.

Transsexual individuals have just as much of a right to have children as any other individual.  The fact that they underwent a surgery to become a different sex than the one they were born as, has little (if anything) to do with the fact they want to be parents.  It does not correlate to how they will treat a child. It only relates to the fact that he/she do not identify with their birth sex.

So who is to say that transsexual individuals cannot have children? They are people, with just as much love, care and affection, and they have every right to become parents. Even if they need a little assistance to do it.

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Andrew Barr/National Post

Every few weeks, physicians at a Toronto fertility clinic provide treatment to help a transsexual man who used to be a woman get pregnant, taking advantage of still-intact wombs — and essentially making the patient both father and mother to his future child.

The service is one the Create Fertility Centre is happy to provide to couples it believes are well capable of being loving parents, despite their unconventional path to forming a family.

“People kind of have this misunderstanding about their situation; if they have organs from one or the other sex they were born with, it’s really no different than any of the other treatments we do,” said Dr. Cliff Librach, Create’s director. “Canada doesn’t have any law against having sex and having a baby. Why would we, if they needed help for some medical reason, stop them from getting help having children?”

Other physicians, however, are…

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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