A CNN.com Father’s Day story about a man who allegedly gave birth stirred plenty of debate on social media, with some saying the network was ignoring science in the name of political correctness.
“He gave birth. He breastfed. Now, he wants his son to see him as a man,” the story’s headline read.
It told about a person, Sabastion Sparks, who is biologically a female but identifies as a man. Sabastian in 2016 married Angel Sparks, who is biologically a male but identifies as a female. The story then detailed how they got pregnant.
“Like many transgender men and women, they had been taking medication to increase the testosterone or estrogen in their bodies. So to make a baby, they briefly stopped taking their hormone pills,” it read. “The couple conceived their son the conventional way, even though their biological roles at the time were not compatible with how they saw themselves.”
Sabastion had her breasts removed this year after breastfeeding and is worried the child will view her as a woman.
All total, more than 10,000 people commented on CNN’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
“He gave birth, he breastfed?’” one person on Facebook asked. “People it’s not that complicated .. at the end of the day ‘he’ is still a woman.”
Another wrote, “Men don’t have a uterus. That’s a woman.”
Still another wrote, “This should read, ‘She gave birth, she breastfed, now she delusionally wants her son to see her as a man.”
Writer and social commentator Matt Walsh put it this way: “Just do me a favor and never, ever lecture about science if you think ‘he gave birth’ is a sentence that makes sense.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.