This is the story of Thomas Beatie, “a married man who used to be a woman, is pregnant with a baby girl.”

This is not the first time that mass media and online media were gripped by this once-of-a-kind news about male pregnancy.

According to wikipedia, Virgil Wong, a performance artist, created a hoax site claiming to detail his pregnancy featuring a fictitious male pregnancy. There is also Lee Mingwei, who is purportedly supported by the “Male Pregnancy Project, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain” .

Male pregnancy refers to the incubation of one or more embryos or fetuses by the male of any species. Almost all pregnancies in the animal kingdom are carried by female organisms. In all heterogamous species, the males produce the spermatozoa and rarely, if ever, host the zygote.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_pregnancy

As for the case of Beatie, it is claimed that “he” was actually born a female (tomboy?), and she took a gender operation to become a ‘man’ and had testosterone hormone theraphy to maintain his masculine look and body.

From the website “The Advocate:

“Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am.”

Mr Beatie was born female, named Tracy Lagondino, but had gender reassignment surgery and is now legally male and married to a woman.

More from Wikipedia:

Some transmen (female-to-male transgender people) who interrupt hormone treatments can become pregnant, while still identifying and living as male—this is possible for individuals who still have functioning ovaries.

For example, Matt Rice bore a child in 1999 by artificial insemination during his relationship with writer Patrick Califia.

Terry Fasoulis, who chose to become pregnant because his wife was infertile, wrote an article about his pregnancy in The Quarterly, and is due to give birth in July 2008. The Washington Post further broadened the story on March 25 when blogger Emil Steiner called it the first legally male pregnancy on record. This was in reference to the town of Redhill recognizing Fasoulis as a man.

Although these individuals are genetically and physiologically female, from an identity standpoint they are pregnant men. (ibid.)

 And with that, it makes our the headline inaccurate.

Because Thomas Beatie is never a ‘pure’ masculine-of-a-person (read: he ain’t no real man), so of course, he/she can get pregnant because, biologically (that means inside that body), he/she has all the female physiology, like cervix and uterus. And obviously, his/her ovary remained functional throughout his male hormone theraphy.

The closest thing to a ‘male pregancy’ is the case of Sanju Bhagat, a man from Nagpur, India, attracted attention in 1999 for the length of time (36 years) he had carried his parasitic twin inside his body, and the size of the growth. Since Bhagat had no placenta, the growth had connected directly to his blood supply. (ibid.)

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Surely, the catholic church would be happy that Thomas Beatie, a transgender (what is the position of the church on sex-changelings?), decided to have the baby. They should invite ‘him’ over to the Philippines and show to the government, or to Cong. Edcel Lagman, and convince them that there is no need to pass a law on family planning and no need for implementation of modern FP methods.

Just pray.

I think the catholic church’s opposition to the government’s family planning and population-control effort should be called: P.U.S.H.Pray Until Something Happens

And hundred million filipinos, here they come….

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REFERENCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_pregnancy
www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid52664.asp
http://www.malepregnancy.com/ (tagged as Hoax website)
Virgil Wong website

http://www.congress.gov.ph/committees/commnews/commnews_det.php?newsid=189

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