Pregnant man denied access to free social benefits

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A pregnant man in Finland born as a woman, who later started a sex correction process to stay with another man has met problems with the Finnish social security system, media reports said on Saturday.

The couple who are in their 30s wanted a baby and the man had interrupted his hormonal sex correction treatment before getting pregnant.

However, he is now facing problems with the current legislation, which does not recognise his access to social security.

The legislation on parental child compensation in Finland has currently no option that the person giving birth is a man.

The law on “maternity compensation” determines that the eligible person must be a woman who has been pregnant at least 154 days.

The future father told the News Agency Lannen Media that the legislation should be amended.

“It is the rights of the child that matter,” he said.

The pregnancy is now in its fourth month, so the men still have some time to the start of authorised public compensation.

The couple said that the Finnish health care professionals have had no problem with them except that the administrative systems do not recognise a situation where a pregnant person has the male social security number.

Finland maintains a system of social security numbers where men and women have different codes.

American Thomas Beatie was reportedly in 2008 the first man in the world to give birth to a child.

According to the report, since 2008, there have been reports about men who had given birth at least in Germany, Austria and Britain, a situation which other countries across the globe kicked against. (Xinhua/NAN)

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