The American Medical Association House of Delegates recently released a statement calling for sex to be removed as a legal designation from birth certificates. Sandra Fryhofer, the chair of the board of the AMA, stated: “Designating sex on birth certificates as male or female, and making that information available on the public portion, perpetuates a view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity.”
The AMA continued its statement calling for sex to only “be visible for medical and statistical use.” Clearly, the medical world appears to be schizophrenic. Noting that sex is based on the science of the body but that someone’s feelings can override the science at the same time is irrational. What is being forgotten is the reality of sex and how it unveils what the human person is made for. Permanence is feared by our culture because it leads to sacrifice, but neglecting sacrifice leads to loveless relationships and unfulfilled lives.
Beginning in September of 1979, Pope St. John Paul II began his lectures on the theology of the body during his General Audiences. In doing so, he initiated a movement of recognition concerning the sanctity of the human person while portraying how the body reveals our nature. Who are you? Why are you here? How can you describe the connection between your body and soul? How can you really be happy in this life?