by Rex Wockner
National News Briefs
A Bend, Ore., man is pregnant, he told The Advocate on March 26.
Thomas Beatie told the magazine he’d had a sex-change operation, become a man and married his wife but kept his female reproductive organs.
“Sterilization is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights,” Beatie said. “I stopped taking my bimonthly testosterone injections. It had been roughly eight years since I had my last menstrual cycle, so this wasn’t a decision that I took lightly. My body regulated itself after about four months, and I didn’t have to take any … drugs to aid my pregnancy.”
Beatie’s wife, Nancy, can’t have children because she had to have a hysterectomy several years ago.
Beatie said he and his wife are having problems with people who are upset about his pregnancy, which came about via home insemination.
“Doctors have discriminated against us, turning us away due to their religious beliefs,” he said. “Health care professionals have refused to call me by a male pronoun or recognize Nancy as my wife. Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender.”
The couple’s baby girl is due July 3. The Advocate said it confirmed Beatie’s pregnancy with his obstetrician-gynecologist.