The American Medical Association recently offered insight into their position on “first, do no harm” by presenting a moral argument for uterine transplants in biological men.
AMA Journal of “Ethics” – June 2023
The June issue of AMA’s “Journal of Ethics” offered a strong defense for transgender biological men to “consolidate their identities” with the ability to have children. Though the article states that there have been no documented successful transplants to date, the procedure is seen to be reasonable under their Hippocratic Oath. The article further postulates that government funds should be made available for these surgeries, since insurance companies may be slow to adopt coverage in this area, due to its cost, efficacy, and controversies. The AMA article ends with, “the case could be made that no moral obstacle stands in the way of justifying subsidies for UTx (uterine transplants) for some transwomen and transmen…”.
Anyone reading this article, regardless of your position on the subject of transgender rights, should not be surprised by this public view from the American Medical Association. For many years, the Ethics wing of the AMA has been openly supporting an individual’s right to choose their sex. The irony of this position is that…
Doctors whose primary goal is to heal the body back to its original state of PHYSICAL wellbeing are being told by their governing body to focus instead on the Progressive viewpoint of the mental health of their patients, increasing the risks of complications from these physical revisions to their biology, often without comprehensive research on the subject.
In the case of uterine transplants for birth dads, instead of assessing the potential regret rate of this type of surgery, or… “funding objective medical studies on transgender medicine, the AMA has chosen activist positions on this delicate topic” (Dr. Martin Makary, professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine). Dr. Makary goes on to question why the AMA has not funded studies on children who undergo transitioning surgery and the suicide rates among those who have hormone or surgical treatment versus alternatives such as long-term “talk therapy”?
Should We Follow the Money
Is it possible that the AMA Ethics group has, even as a small part of their motivation, the desire to perform surgeries because… that is what surgeons do? The current cost of a uterine transplant for biological women ranges from $100-$300k. For biological men, this is on top of all the other transgender transition surgeries and hormone treatments currently being promoted. And then there are the consults, pre and post-surgical general practitioner and specialists appointments, followed by a lifetime of doctor’s care and medications (read big-pharma).
Where Should the Biblical Christian Stand
As Christians, we are commanded to love humanity (Luke 10:27), recognizing we are all sinners in the hands of a righteous God (Romans 3:23). It matters little what those sins might be (Matt. 7:3-5). My view is that the Bible is clear on the precedent set by the Lord on the biological definition of men and women. However, no one can argue with the reality that God created men and women with a wide range of personalities and drives, as well as mental and physical states (Intersex as one example). One can argue whether this range of emotions, desires, and physical attributes are based on nature or nurture. My personal belief is that it is a combination. In either, or both cases, God is at the center of who we are, offering His love without condition (John 3:16).
We are all created equal before God.
Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
However, this does not give us a license to ignore the full complement of Scripture, such verses as Lev. 18:22, 20:13, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Rom. 1:26-27, Jude 1:7, 1 Tim. 1:10, and Mark 10:6-9.
We are living in a generation where every moral and traditional viewpoint has been opened up for questioning, Christianity, the church, biological sexuality, immigration, crime, homelessness, socialism, patriotism, etc. are all under continuing scrutiny from the extremes, supported by a media desperate for a following.
Is God bringing a close to our world?
Anyone who is dogmatic on the question of end-times prophesy, should be avoided. Even Jesus did not have the answer to that question while on earth (Matt. 24:36). The point is not whether we are living in the end-times Rather, we should be focused on the reality that everyone we know will eventually pass from this world to the next. Being divisive on sexuality does not serve a ministry that desires to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
Perhaps some Christians have strong feelings on the subject of transgender surgery, in all its forms. Perhaps medical and financial resources could be utilized in other ways for the betterment of society and the furtherance of an eternal-based message. However, as Biblical Christians, we do not need to be looking for fights that distract from our testimony. We need to keep the main thing the main thing… Christ and Him crucified for our sins.
Matters of Heaven and Hell should take precedence over the earthly.
AMA Journal of Ethics, “Should Uterus Transplantation for Transwomen and Transmen Be Subsidized?” June, 2023 (article here).
Washington Examiner, “AMA plots move on taxpayer-funded uterus transplants for biological men” August 15, 2023. (article here)