The American Medical Association’s latest resolution on sex and birth certificates is a mind-bender.
In its June report, which began circulating on Twitter over the weekend and advocates for the removal of sex designations on birth certificates, the board of trustees managed to redefine nearly enough words to fill a pocket dictionary — not only “sex” and “gender,” but even “discrimination,” “intersex,” “assign,” and “violence.” It’s enough to make even the sanest person question her grasp on reality.
“Existing AMA policy recognizes that every individual has the right to determine their gender identity and sex designation on government documents,” the report concluded. “To protect individual privacy and to prevent discrimination, U.S. jurisdictions should remove sex designation on the birth certificate.”
The American Medical Association was quick to point out that this would affect birth certificates only, not the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth, meaning a baby’s sex would still be reported to the government for scientific and statistical reasons, but the feds just wouldn’t include that sex distinction on the subsequent birth certificate they issue. In other words, the AMA board contended, wishing away these sex distinctions on a birth certificate would protect transgender-identifying people from violence and discrimination, but their biological realities would still be reported to the government for medical purposes.