There are many problems in society that are inevitable. There are others which are wholly of their own making. This is an example of the latter:
When the man arrived at the hospital with severe abdominal pains, a nurse didn’t consider it an emergency, noting that he was obese and had stopped taking blood pressure medicines. In reality, he was pregnant — a transgender man in labor that was about to end in a stillbirth.
“The point is not what’s happened to this particular individual but this is an example of what happens to transgender people interacting with the health care system,” said the lead author, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
“He was rightly classified as a man” in the medical records and appears masculine, Stroumsa said. “But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.”
No, she was wrongly classified as a man, hence hospital staff assumed she couldn’t possibly be pregnant. I suspect Dr Stroumsa is treading on eggshells here.
Transgender people often run into problems getting gender-specific health care such as cervical cancer screening, birth control and prostate cancer screenings.
If they were honest about their sex, rather than insistent upon the entire world changing their systems to align with their personal preferences, these problems would not arise.
More needs to be done to improve medical awareness and recognition of diversity because “the consequences can be so dire, as this case shows,” Branstetter said.
So scarce resources should be diverted to cater for a statistically insignificant minority who wish to interact dishonestly with a system designed for tens of millions. Alternatively, we could just regain our sanity.