President Of The American Society For Reproductive Medicine Has Said Transgender Women ‘Will Soon Be Able To Have Babies’
I first heard about uterus transplants back in 2014. It was reported in The Lancet, a medical journal, that a 36-year-old Swedish woman was able to successfully conceive after receiving a uterus from a live 61-year-old donor. The baby boy was delivered prematurely at about 32 weeks via cesarean section but was otherwise healthy.
Pretty interesting, right? The 36-year-old woman was born without a uterus, and this surgery gave her a chance to experience pregnancy.
The transplant is intended to be temporary; it should be removed after 1-2 successful pregnancies, so the mother is not taking immunosuppressants for the rest of her entire life.
Science is such a beautiful thing.
But then, of course, people have to ruin it.
Dr Richard Paulson, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, insists that biological men could receive uterus transplants and attempt to get pregnant as early as “tomorrow.”
“You could do it tomorrow,” Paulson said. He sees no medical reason why it couldn’t happen.
“There would be additional challenges, but I don’t see any obvious problem that would preclude it,” he continued. “I personally suspect there are going to be trans women who are going to want to have a uterus and will likely get the transplant.”
Not everyone shares Paulson’s vision.
Professor Julian Savulescu, a Philosopher and bioethical specialist at Oxford University, said:
“Uterine transplantation represents a real risk to the fetus, and future child. We ought avoid exposing fetuses and future children to unnecessary significant risks. Although technically possible to perform the procedure, you would also need to be very confident the uterus would function normally during pregnancy. Uterine rupture could cause the death or permanent disablement of the fetus.”
Another medical professional that has expressed concern is Marci Bowers, who is both a transgender woman and a gynaecological surgeon.
She told Scientific American that she was concerned about the dangers posed to the fetus from a potentially unstable biological environment and unforeseen risks for the mother-to-be.
“I respect reproduction and I don’t think we’ll ever see this in my lifetime in a transgender women,” Bowers told Scientific American. “That’s what I tell my patients.”