Some scientists are saying that it might be possible in a decade or so to transplant a functioning womb into a man.
In the UK there is an effort to have the National Health Service sponsor the necessary research and to have taxpayers fund the operations.
This would allow “transgender women who were born male” to have children.
The advocates see another market with gay men and even heterosexual men so that they too can experience the “joys” of being pregnant.
The joys of being pregnant! More likely in that decade is the perfection of the artificial womb so that women can avoid those particular joys. Perhaps in that day, men may have children, while women won’t.
Or will nature will reassert itself?
Transgender women who were born male should be given womb transplants so that they can have children, leading NHS doctors have told The Mail on Sunday.
And fertility experts say taxpayers should fund such transplants for those who identify as women, on the basis of ‘equality enshrined in law’.
Leading the debate on the controversial procedure is medical ethics lawyer Dr Amel Alghrani, who is pressing for a talks on whether womb transplants for trans-women should be publicly funded.
Dr Alghrani, of Liverpool University, also predicts that a successful programme would lead to others demanding wombs – including gay and straight men who wanted to experience ‘the joys’ of carrying a child.
But critics say the NHS should not waste precious resources merely to allow trans-women to pursue an ‘authentic female experience’.
Women’s campaigner Laura Perrins said: ‘Most taxpayers will not think this is a good use of resources. It raises profound ethical and moral issues that will have an impact on women’s rights. It will impinge on the meaning of motherhood and womanhood.’
However, gynaecologists are increasingly convinced that implanting a donor womb into a person born with male organs is possible, with one top doctor saying it is just a decade away. They believe the recent success of ‘uterine transplantation’ in women born without wombs has drawn it a step closer.
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