The BMA has instructed its staff to stop referring to pregnant women as expectant mothers. The term is apparently deeply offensive to “transgender” people. It seems there has been one case of someone born female who is eager to become male and who has, in the course of treatment to effect the transformation, become pregnant. He/she has put off the final operation so as to be able to give birth. The BMA assumes that this one person would be gravely distressed if described as an expectant mother. It follows, therefore, that no other pregnant woman should ever be called an expectant mother.
To be fair to the BMA, it is prepared to concede that a “large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women”.
The majority is very large indeed, since there is no record of any pregnant “person” claiming to be male other than this one case. Still, we live in a brave new world and I suppose we had better buckle under and accept that describing a pregnant person as being a woman is likely to be listed as a hate crime before too long.