• Germany's news in English

Man who gave birth faces court battle to be father

The Local · 10 Sep 2013, 16:38

Published: 10 Sep 2013 16:38 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

As reported on Monday, the Berlin man identifies himself as a man but was born a woman. He still has female reproductive organs but has undergone hormone treatment and now looks like a man.

The child was born on April 11th in a home birth with the help of a midwife - as German hospitals are required to name a mother in their documents.

But the father claims the baby has no mother as, although he gave birth to the child, he is a man so cannot be a mother.

Despite being listed a man, in the eyes of the authorities he is the mother, the BZ newspaper reported on Tuesday. The case has been with the courts since April and it is expected to take a while to make a decision.

The newspaper reported that the court in the Schöneberg area of Berlin, which rules on family matters, will now decide whether the man may be registered as the father rather than the mother of the child.

Green Party politician Anja Kofbinge met the man three weeks ago and told the BZ: “He is clearly recognizable as a man. He has a goatee and ash-blonde hair and no breasts.”

German law was changed in 2011 to allow transgender people who have not undergone a full sex change to identify themselves and be registered in official documents as a member of the opposite sex.

The case which broke in the German press on Monday has sparked a debate about transgender people having children.

Heinz-Jürgen Voß a researcher into biology and sex told newspaper the Berliner Morgenpost: “A transgender person having children is not problematic. Why is the sex asked on every form? The problem is this classification. Why isn’t the name enough?”

The baby was born in the Neukölln area of Berlin and authorities there do not appear to have a problem with the man wishing to call himself a father, the Berliner Morgenpost reported. Politician Falko Liecke said: “Why should this person as a transsexual be any less loving towards the child?”

But authorities stressed that at some point the child, who is now five months old, will need to be told the truth that his father was biologically his mother.

Story continues below…

The man, who is reportedly in his late twenties, became pregnant with a sperm donation which has caused further controversy.

READ MORE: German law change to recognize third sex

The Local/tsb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Germans think they're fit, but they're really couch potatoes
Photo: DPA.

There's been an increase in the number of Germans who define themselves as "fit", but their lifestyle choices don't quite match this self-perception.

10 fascinating facts you never knew about German beer
Tennis coach Boris Becker and his wife Lilly at Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich. Photo: DPA

From malt and monks to Radlers and rivalries, the story of German beer is as rich and wonderful as its selection.

Intensive farming 'endangers a third of German species'
Photo: DPA

There are 32,000 species of animal, plant and mushroom life native to Germany. Due to intensive farming methods, one in every three of these is endangered, a new report shows.

German hospital uses therapy to 'treat' paedophiles
A poster from the campaigne "Don't offend", which offers therapy to paedophiles. The sign reads "Do you love kids more than you'd prefer? There's help." Photo: DB Scholz & Friends / DPA.

A unique German initiative is offering therapy to paedophiles to control their urges, with the aim of getting them help before they offend.

Minister: 'no tolerance' for clowns after chainsaw attack
Photo: DPA

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for a zero-tolerance approach to 'killer clowns' after a series of attacks culminating in two teenagers being chased by a clown wielding a chainsaw.

Baby who was auctioned on eBay taken away from father
Photo: DPA.

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister 'pyromaniac'
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: DPA.

The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble a "pyromaniac" on Thursday after he criticized Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd