The World Health Organisation (WHO) has made a staggering anti-science claim that “sex is not limited to male or female”. The international body has announced a review of the policy guidance published in 2011 used by health officials around the world.
The WHO has provided no evidence for their claim and some experts called the move a 'dismissal of basic biology’. There are genuine concerns that the outrageous claim “could lead to medical advice being de-sexed and over-complicated”. The move appears politically motivated and is not based on health science.
WHO said its guidance would go 'beyond non-binary approaches to gender and health to recognise gender and sexual diversity or the concepts that gender identity exists on a continuum and that sex is not limited to male or female'.
Professor Jenny Gamble, a midwifery expert from Coventry University, described the WHO's change as 'problematic'.
'It is a dismissal of basic biology — and mistake,' she told MailOnline. 'Biology is a key determinant of health and illness.
'Not being clear about basic biology opens the door to a range of problems, including very poor health communication but also distorted data.'
Australian expert, Dr Karleen Gribble from Western Sydney University, said the announcement was unscientific.
'The wording regarding there being more than male and female sexes is concerning,' she said.
'The website says that the handbook is being updated "in light of new scientific evidence and conceptual progress on gender, health and development".
'However, there is no new scientific evidence suggesting there are more than two sexes.
'Rather, the idea that there are more than two sexes, is a postmodern, unscientific understanding that should not be supported by the WHO.'
The WHO's guidance review is expected to be released in around a month.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said the statement made by WHO is dangerous.
“Sex is binary. There is male and there is female. There has never been a third gamete, chromosomes are either x or y, and there are only two systems that can result in sexual reproduction.
“It is dangerous for a peak health organisation to exalt a political ideology over scientific reality. How can WHO be trusted to provide serious medical guidelines when they deny the most basic and fundamental premises of biology?”