A mother of a daughter who has become a transgender man has donated her uterus to scientists at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Silvia Park’s gesture is reportedly part of an aim to help perfect a “uterine transplant” protocol for male-to-female transgender individuals to bear children, Cosmopolitan magazine reports.
This makes little sense, considering her child transitioned from a female to a male. Confused yet?
“I was driving with my 16-year-old in the passenger seat about five years ago when he said, ‘I’m a boy,’” mom Silvia Park told Cosmopolitan. “The declaration was news to me — I was so shocked that initially, I didn’t know what to say. At the same time, I had no doubt my husband and I would support him as a transgender man — a person who transitions from a female birth assignment.”
The “him” that Park is referring to was her daughter, born a girl.
“As a mother of two biological children and one stepchild, I’ve always believed that everyone should have the right to decide whether they want to carry a child, regardless of their gender,” Park said. “And I desperately wanted to contribute to the cause.”
Perhaps that is the crux of the matter: This mom wants to be a high-profile part of a movement and was willing to give up a part of her body to do so.
Her no-holds-barred attitude for undergoing the complex medical procedure seems convoluted at best, and has no direct bearing on her transgender son, who was assigned a female at birth, or “AFAB,” in trans parlance.
“I work in the medical industry as a medical coder and biller, but because I’m not a doctor or researcher, initially, I felt helpless,” she said in the article. “And then it dawned on me: I’ve already had two children and have no plans to carry another. I could donate my uterus.”
She added, “Although it wouldn’t go to a trans woman who wanted to have a baby, my donation could help doctors learn more about the procedure, and, I hoped, lead to another clinical trial that would give trans women the ability to conceive. Although it wouldn’t help my son directly — as a transgender man, he has a uterus, and probably won’t want to carry a child, anyway — it was something I could do now to potentially help the trans community of the future.”
Ironically, the recipient — a trans person born a biological male …