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Head of birth organization canned for saying only women give birth

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November 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The transgender movement’s tactics are predictable, but it is still breathtaking to watch biology get transformed into hate speech so swiftly. First, the LGBT movement pushed for the acceptance of their chosen terminology. Progressive politicians, the media, and the entertainment industry climbed on board without a single question. With the framework in place and the premises legislated, the real work began: Rooting out heretics. 

The latest victim is 45-year-old Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, who until recently served as the spokesperson for Doula UK. McCarthy-Calvert, who represented the national organization for birthing coaches and worked as a doula herself for six years, found herself a target after posting a series of obvious truths on her social media. It started when Cancer Research UK kowtowed to the trans activists and removed the word “women” from their pap smear test campaign, under pressure from trans activists, instead stating that cervical cancer screenings were “relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix.”

McCarthy-Calvert, understandably, was irritated by this, and posted a picture of a woman somersaulting underwater on her Facebook page with the caption: “I am not a ‘cervix owner’ I am not a ‘menstruator’ I am not a ‘feeling’. I am not defined by wearing a dress and lipstick. I am a woman: an adult human female. Women birth all people, make up half the population, but less than a third of the seats in the House of Commons are occupied by us.” 

She then noted that it was primarily women being subjected to accusations of transphobia, and that men didn’t hear “cries of bigotry and transphobia when they say they don’t want to have sex with a woman with a penis,” a reference to the fact that most men identifying as women do not have their penises removed. These sentiments, it must be pointed out, would have been considered run-of-the-mill feminist talking points a very short time ago—but the feminists have fallen out of favor unless they are willing to enthusiastically welcome their penis-possessing “sisters” into their private spaces.

McCarthy-Calvert’s impeccable logic was beside the point, and she was promptly accused of “absolutely disgusting language” and reminded, ominously, that “you seem to be forgetting that not only women birth children.” Within days, more than 20 transgender activists began petitioning Doula UK, demanding that McCarthy-Calvert be disciplined for violating the organization’s policies, specifically the one that asked members not to “post anything that our colleagues, clients, and affiliates would find offensive.”

According to the trans inquisitors, McCarthy-Calvert had been “trans exclusionary” for saying that only women had babies, as in their view, men can give birth, as well. They also objected to her description of a woman as an “adult human female,” which trans activists also consider heresy. Doula UK buckled immediately, removing McCarthy-Calvert from her role as spokesperson and launching a four-month investigation. The investigation, unsurprisingly, concluded that her post had violated Doula UK’s policies, and the new spokesperson announced: “We are proud to say that we seek to listen to the lived experience of marginalised groups and make changes – including changes to the language we use – if we believe it is necessary to make the Doula UK community more welcoming and supportive.”

McCarthy-Calvert was told that she would be suspended unless she deleted the Facebook post, and she did so under protest, resigning from Doula UK immediately thereafter, citing the fact that the organization had failed to stand up for women’s rights in the face of a handful of trans activists. “I am angry and sad,” she noted. “I was effectively ostracized for saying I am a woman and so are my clients. I have been very disappointed by Doula UK’s response. The leadership are paralysed by not wanting to upset transgender rights activists. They have fallen over themselves to acquiesce to their demands.”

Consider what happened here for a moment: McCarthy-Calvert, a mother of four who works with pregnant women, was told that she had no right to say what a woman is and was disciplined for daring to point out that child-bearing and birthing is the purview of women, not men. We know that men do not give birth (although women claiming to be men might), and yet to say this now comes with professional consequence. As trans activists continue to colonize corporations and professions, many people find themselves faced with a stark choice: Believe the Big Lie and parrot the required deceits, or get thrown out.

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Jonathon Van Maren

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.