Renowned American evangelist Franklin Graham has slammed Canada's decision to grant a baby a health card that has no gender designation and called the argument of the child's parent as "nonsense."
In a first, a baby in British Columbia, Canada, was given a gender-free health card after the parent argued that assigning a sex to a child is a violation of human rights. According to Kori Doty, her child Searyl Atli Doty should be the one to decide his or her gender identification when they are old enough, The Christian Post detailed.
Rev. Graham took to Facebook to express his disagreement with Kori's views. The famous evangelist said a person can be complete by trusting in Jesus Christ, and that doing so can fill the void in their hearts and grant peace.
"This Canadian parent believes that assigning a child's sex at birth is a human rights violation — and they wanted their baby to be registered as 'gender unknown' so they can decide their own sex," Rev. Graham said in a Facebook post on July 5. "That's nonsense."
According to Gender Free I.D. Coalition, a group which campaigns for the removal of gender and sex designations from identification documents, Searyl was born "outside of the medical system." The group said the baby, who is now eight months old, did not go through genital inspection after delivery.
"It is up to Searyl to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity," said Kori. "I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals."
In April, Searyl was given a health card with the gender listed as "U." The coalition says the letter stands for "unspecified or unknown."
Meanwhile, users at the parenting website Mumsnet have also expressed their disagreement with Kori's views on gender-neutral health cards. Some of the mothers argue that biological sex is different from gender, The Sun reported.
One user explained that it is important to know a person's sex to determine his or her specific health care needs. Another user agreed, saying one's sex is vital in diagnosing certain illnesses.