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The United Kingdom has made no demands for the expression ‘pregnant woman’ to be replaced

30 October, 2017

In the past few days, we have seen Georgian and foreign media outlets report, that the British government offered to replace the term “pregnant women” with “pregnant people” in the United Nations “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”. Basing themselves on the news reported by the British edition of the Times, Imedi News, Saqinform, PrimeNewsGeorgia, and Georgian News Agency have all delivered this information to the public. Sputnik Georgia cited Russian Ria Novosti as its source, which in turn got hold of the information from the Times journal. All the aforementioned publications write that the initiative taken by the British is related to the protection of rights for transgender persons.
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The British administration fully supports transgender human rights, however has never appealed for the term “pregnant women” to be changed to “pregnant people” in the UN Covenant.

The Guardian, Reuters, the Telegraph and the Mirror have all published a statement by the spokesperson of Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which states that the British government does not object to the use of the term "pregnant women", but demands that the rights spelled out in the Covenant be made available to transgender people and that their rights must not be neglected.

Spokesperson: “The UK does not object to the use of the term ‘pregnant woman’, we strongly support the right to life of pregnant women, and we have requested that the human rights committee does not exclude pregnant transgender people from that right to life.”

The Telegraph also released a statement by the British Prime Minister, Teresa May, declaring that the British authorities do not oppose the terminology.

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This UN Covenant, signed by Britain in 1976, has been ratified by 168 countries and is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. The document reads that "pregnant women should especially be protected" and this passage will reain unchanged.


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