AMA calls to remove sex ID from birth certificates
The American Medical Association said the new policy would recognize that every individual “has the right to determine their gender identity and sex designation on government documents.”
The Catholic Medical Association has voiced opposition to a resolution of the American Medical Association calling for the removal of a baby’s sex from birth certificates.
In a statement issued this week, the Philadelphia-based CMA said that it is endorsing “appropriate documentation at the time of birth.”
Confusion is increasing around the reality of biological sex, and gender ideology is distorting reality, the organization said.
The statement was developed in response to an AMA resolution to remove the sex of the baby from birth certificates. The resolution, from the AMA’s medical students section, was “aimed at protecting individual privacy and preventing discrimination.” Information on an individual’s sex would still be collected and submitted through the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth form for medical, public health, and statistical use only, it said.
But designating sex on birth certificates as male or female and making that information available on the certificate’s public portion “perpetuates a view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity,” said AMA Board Chairwoman Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D. “This type of categorization system also risks stifling an individual’s self-expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization.”
The AMA said the new policy would align with the existing AMA policy recognizing that every individual “has the right to determine their gender identity and sex designation on government documents.”