From Friday's Sun-Times: 'Pregnant man' shows baby bump on 'Oprah'

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Thomas Beatie is just as excited as any future dad would be. Except this isn't your everyday miracle-making story: He's the one giving birth.

On "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Thursday, the 34-year-old transgender male from Oregon talked about being the world's first "pregnant man."

Wife Nancy -- who has two daughters from a previous marriage -- was unable to have any more children after suffering complications from a medical condition.

The couple say they've gotten mixed reaction from family members and neighbors.

Beatie was born and lived the life of a female for 24 years. It wasn't until after college that he embarked on his "true identity." Beatie took testosterone and had his breasts removed but kept his reproductive organs -- hoping one day to conceive a child.

He was artificially inseminated in 2007 but lost the baby. Beatie has carried this baby 24 weeks.

"Love makes a family" Beatie said. "And that's all that matters."

Mark Bieganski

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Oprah you are so ridiculous. And to think that people are following your twisted paradigms straight to doom. Why would you even cover such a outrageous story. The he is a she oprah, doesn't take rocket science to figure that out. I'm disappointed at your demise. When you leave God...you leave everything!

Get a grip already people. Lets not fuel this froot loops fire anymore. OMG a man having a baby? NO, its a freakin woman with a life long identity crisis having a dang baby. There is no penis, it had breasts cut off, it is a woman no matter what it thinks it is now. God created her as he saw fit and she destroyed his work, but she is definately NOT a pregnant man!

Oprah has lost her mind to the psyche!! Tolle has her mind out there huh? Has anyone here seen this gu? He is nutty!!

Oprah has lost her mind to the psyche!! Tolle has her mind out there huh? Has anyone here seen this gu? He is nutty!!

This is not a miracle. Like all of the other comments listed prior to mine, This is a woman who is choosing to live as a man and is having a baby. If she had chosen to become a man, she would have undergone the surgery to make her anatomically a man. However, she chose to maintain her female organs. It is nothing special. It is not news. Try explaining reproduction to a 7 year when she thinks it really is a man having a baby. Men don't have babies. That simple.

How is this garbadge oprah worthy? its a women having a baby no matter how much she tries her best to look like a man on the outside she is still a female on the inside?

Give me a break, we were not born yesterday!!! I can't believe Oprah would belittle herself and her staff by putting this crap on TV. My goodness, there are many flat chested women out there who have babies. My sister in law was one of them. As for hair, well I have to shave my arm pits and legs and do a little plucking on my chin, if I don't I would have hair but I don't claim to be a man. I think Oprah has hit rock bottom!!!!! We will all pray for you Oprah. And if you really believe this story is true you need help bad!!!

Well to me its not right to call this woman a man because, she was born with all female parts and decided to have surgery and take steroids to make her female part become larger like a man's part but its not a man's part, its a large female part that looks like a man's part. People need to learn how to love themselves the way God made them. This woman is not a man and I'm very disappointed that any female can just do and procedure like she did then be called a man. Now if she was born with both genders that is another story but she tried changing herself to portray as man and kept her female parts that gives women the ability to have children. Now by Man’s law she is now a MAN this is some bull crap. This is another example of MAN making laws that they have no right to make. The only person who should have a choice in being called a man or woman is a people who have both male and female parts at birth. To me people will do anything these day's to be seen or for money or because they want to be free from God laws. Well guess what a man has never been able to have children and it won't happen anytime unless MAN tries to create it themselves which makes it unnatural and ungodly which means in a nice way morally bad in principle. Then again this woman believes in Buddhism.

Mike,
You have a right to turn the channel and not watch. Leave this family alone. Who's right is it to say what is right or wrong for all others..... This family has a right to have a child anyway they chose. It bothers me that people act as though they have the right so judge others.

I don't see what the big deal is. Everyone has the right to live as they please. And having a child in a healthy relationship is normal no matter who is carrying it. This family has a right to do as they please and l think we should leave them alone

I think this is disrespectful to women in general and really isn't like news at all, just a way she/he "they" can make money! I understand everyone is different but Good Lord, what is this world coming to. I felt sick to my stomach when I first read about this.

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Are things so slow in the country that we're going to focus our attention on a "man" giving birth, when he isn't even really a man? pathetic

Regardless of what this woman feels she is, she was born a woman with a woman's reproductive organs (which she decided to keep ) with the hopes all along of carrying a child even as she decided to be a man on the outside. Sounds like from these 2 conflicting statements that she is not sure what she wants to be. Very sad

I did have a high respect for Oprah, but I'm not sure what's going on with her. With all due respect, is she becoming insane? What a rubbish! Why she is making a fool out of her?

I think this should be kept private. When he lifts his shirts it creeps me out.

Stop calling this a "pregnant man". This person was born a woman and lived the life of a woman until 24 years of age. She has a uterus BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. We all know that it is medically impossible for a real man to carry a baby because there is no womb for it grow. This is not a miracle, it's a perversion. I feel so bad for the baby to grow up with this. It's wrong and not the way we were created.

I am really upset that this couple decided to take this route to bring a child into the world. Not only will the media continue to watch this "odd" couple, but the child will probably live a life of constant stares as well. I agree this is not a man having a baby, it's a woman living as a man having a baby. I honestly think it's disgusting.

Oprah has officially "jumped the shark". Educated America yawns at sensationalized story of a woman with hairy armpits, a man's haircut and surgically removed breasts getting pregnant by syringe and some unknown man's semen. This is not a man having a baby, Oprah saying that it is will long be remembered as the day she "jumped the shark", ending her career with one last lame event/story.

Oprah Winphrey is not a Christian! She has rejected Jesus Christ, as the only way to God, for many years. I am just amazed at the number people who have made her filthy rich by supporting her.

She is be deliberately deceiving with this "man is pregnant" garbage. Shame on her!

I agree with most people here, this is creepy...not a miracle. Does anyone know whether or not he/she has had a full sex change (ie does she have a penis?) I have 4 children and the last time I gave birth, there was a lengthy menstrual cycle following....how will this happen if now he/she doesn't have outer female parts?

I PERSONALLY THINK THIS IS A SCAM FOR PUBLICITY! THE MALE BODY IS NOT FIT TO CARRY A FETUS OR DELIVER IT. A MALE WOULD NEED ALL THE FEMALE HORMONES TO CARRY A PREGNANCY TO TERM. HE WOULD ALSO NEED THE SKELETAL STRUCTURE OF A WOMAN TO BE ABLE TO CARRY THE FETUS FOR NINE MONTHS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE OPENING IN A FEMALE PELVIS IS LARGER THAN THAT OF A MALE'S. WHY? BECAUSE IT WAS CREATED THAT WAY TO ACCOMODATE THE FETUS1

WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THE BEATIE COUPLE, I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT IT WAS A COUPLE OF LESBIANS, WHO DECIDED TO INSEMINATE, AND THEN ONE BECAME A TRANSEXUAL-- WITHOUT THE PENIS OF COURSE! I WAS COMPLETELY TURNED OFF AFTER I DISCOVERED THAT THE "PREGNANT MALE" WAS ONCE A FEMALE -- IT'S ONLY LOGICAL THAT THE "WOMAN" WOULD GET PREGNANT, BECAUSE THAT IS ONLY NATURAL.

I PERSONALLY KNOW MANY SAME-SEX FEMALE COUPLES WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INSEMINTAION. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT EITHER OF THE PARTNERS DID NOT HAVE A SEX CHANGE AS DID TRACY. IF THE COUPLE ON OPRAH MET WHILE THEY WERE BOTH FEMALES, THEY THEREFORE HAD TO HAVE BEEN A LESBIAN COUPLE FOR A WHILE.

THE THING I COULDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WAS THE ISSUE WITH THE CLITORIS. IS TRACY A FULL-FLEDGED TRANSEXUAL, EVEN THOUGH SHE DOESN'T HAVE A PENIS? DURING THE INTERVIEW, "TRACY" INDICATED THAT SHE NOW HAS A PENIS (CLITORAL-ENHANCEMENT, I WOULD SAY) WITH WHICH SHE IS ABLE TO PENETRATE HER PARTNER. NOW, I COULD DEFINITELY SEE A BUNCH OF LESBIANS GOING TO THEIR GYNECOLOGISTS JUST TO GET A CLITORAL ENHANCEMENT, IN ORDER TO SATISFY THEIR PARTNERS, BUT WILL THE FACT THAT THEY ARE TAKING TESTOSTERONE, CATEGORIZE THEM AS "TRANSEXUALS?"

ONE LAST THING I CAN'T UNDERSTAND IS THIS. IF "TRACY" NOW HAS A CLITORIS THAT IS LARGE ENOUGH TO BE CALLED A PENIS -- DOES IT HANG LIKE A PENIS? WHERE DOES SHE HIDE HER CLITORAL-PENIS, AND IF IT'S UNABLE TO BEND/HANG LIKE A PENIS, HOW DOES SHE PROTECT IT FROM BEING TRAUMATIZED?

I KNOW YOU MUST BE AS CONFUSED AS I AM; PERHAPS EVEN MORE. DESPITE MY BACKGROUND IN NURSING, AND BEING 100% LESBIAN, I FOUND THIS ITNERVIEW TO RAISE A LOT OF MORAL-ETHICAL QUESTIONS. DID THOSE PHYSICIANS HAVE A RIGHT TO REFUSE A PATIENT WHO WAS NOT BEING COMBATIVE OR ABUSIVE? DOES "TRACY" HAVE GROUNDS FOR A LAWSUIT, AGAINST THESE PHYSICIANS WHO REFUSED TO ACCEPT HER BASED ON HER "GENDER" AND CONTEMPORARY IDEAS OF BEING A "PREGNANT MALE?"



Looking at this from the outside, yes it can look strange in a way. And although I do not understand it.I will not pass judgement! I know how it feels,wanting to have a baby but can't. So if there was a way to make that happen, I am sure I would do it too. It is going to be hard raising a child in such a judgmental world. I wish this family the best.

Now, I do agree with all of you, when I heard about this I was interested, but then when I heard the truth I said okay that explains it. Now when us women get pregnant and give birth that in itself it is a miracle, so this confused young woman is no different that myself when I was pregnant with my two boys. Sorry but that is the truth, I know that there is no way in hell that a real man would go thrue a pregnancy, no way.

Really people normal is only what you are used to. Get over it and yourselves. People have a right to live their lives as they see fit as long as they do not harm, injure or kill their fellow human beings. These people are doing nothing wrong. Its a little strange and far from what your average narrow minded, red neck American or Australian would call normal but normal is only what YOU are used to. This is THEIR normal. 50 years ago it wasn't normal to let black people sit at the front of the bus, eat in the same cafe as white people, to date a white person, it wasnt "normal" to be gay and 'out'. It wasnt normal to even have differnt religious beliefs other than Christian. There has been so many changes in society for the better that we really need to just relax little and just accept this for what it is - two people having a baby that they want and will love, teach it right from wrong and good from bad and hopefully they grow up in a more tolerant, understanding world than the one we presently live in. To the rest of you who dont want change, cant see that there is change already here and bury your heads in the sand then I feel nothing but pity for you. Good luck to anyone who challenges what is "normal" and follows their hearts and dreams.

This IS creepy! I feel sorry for the poor unborn child being born to these freaks.

She is someone with serious issues. She is a She and always will be.

Giving a nut case like this national exposure, and their 15 min of insanity fame. Is Disgusting. and wrong on so many levels.

In a society where their are enough problems, ecouraging abnormal and crazy insane behavior only harms Society.

Is Ophra turning into Jerry springer show?

The saddest thing is a child will be scared with this horror forever.

Who be the baby Daddy???
How sickening - its not beautiful, not funny, or even a medical miracle like it is being portrayed. It is just sickening. Someone, please, rescue those 2 little girls before they become like their parents!

Thomas choose to become a man, live as a man, marry a women and take men hormones. She became a man. As soon as all that took place, as soon as he made this decision he/she lost the right to carry a baby as a women... Thomas needs to make up his mind are you a man or a women. Decide and stop making a joke of your selves. This includes you too Oprah raise above your better then a show like this. Trash is what it is

I respect an individual's right to be transgender. But, once you make the commitment to change sexes you give up the rights and qualities that are associated with your first gender. He choose to become a man and therefore choose to give up all traits associated with being a woman, including giving birth. It goes back to a simple old saying we all know, You can't have your cake and eat it too. Besides that, how could you willingly bring a child into the world this way. It is so selfish of these people to put this child through this. That poor kid is going to need so much therapy.

First, biological women are the only ones who can conceive and bear children. It is physically impossible for a man to do so. A biological man can only father a child. "Thomas" is not a man but a woman. Secondly, these women do not have a "right" to have children, and they shouldn't because: 1. Both of these women are deeply, deeply confused about sexuality. 2. Children are gifts, not possessions to be had by whatever means possible.

I say more power to Thomas and Nancy. You can not help how you feel. Embrace every moment of your experience. I am a mother myself I had a very difficult pregnancy and had to have a hysterectomy shortly afterwards. I wish my current husband and I could have a child because I was able to find my soul mate the second time around as well. Thomas your are a man because you say so. I don't care what your organs look like. Go for it! And for those who can not open there mind to this they obviously have never listened to children being sold, abused, neglected, starved or unloved. If I were in your situation I would do the same. Love knows no gender physically or emotionally.

Oprah has certainly hit rock bottom this time. This is a woman having a baby...not a man! Why would Oprah insult her audience with such garbage? She certainly doesn't believe this does she? She just lost this viewer.

Great, wonder how this kid is going to turn out - has anyone considered the consequences of this freak show?

This is just another transgender wanting the best of both worlds.This person wanted so badly to be a man,enough to have his/her breasts removed,the very breasts that god gave to women to feed their babies.I do not know what the world is coming to,and my concern would be for the baby,I wonder what effect the high testosterone levels in this persons body might have on the baby? transgender people fight for the right to be seen as the sex they choose to be,yet they are not willing to give up everything from the sex they fight to get away from.This is not a miracle it's a woman having a baby and I am sure he will not like to be seen as such,but as we all know only women can give birth, and it will always be that way.God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

This is not a miracle. God created women to procreate. This is just another woman having a baby. The baby is truly a blessing but it is nothing out of the ordinary. Is Oprah running out of topics? What a waste of time and money.

I am so glad that there are still people in this world that have some moral,how can you say that a man is having a baby the bible is our compass and there is no mention of such foolishness. I pity Tracy for wanting to be Thomas because Tracy is confused and now she has taking her confusing to a new level and is allowed to screw up another child. I believe that she is doing this for financial gain because when it all boiled down she has a book that she is working on.Oprah put down that book about a new earth and invest in you a good King James version of the Holy Bible,when you start to read this the your whole being will truly come into focus and you will see that Our Heavenly Father is too wise to make any type of mistake and that Tracy is confused,she wasn't born in the wrong body but she suffer from a mental illness and she need a our prays and support before she lift up her eyes in hell and us too for not guiding that poor lost soul.Tracy I weep for you and your unborn child. I will keep you and Ms. Winfrey in my prays.

I think Oprah is reaching in putting some publicity seeking confused clown on her show and trying to legitimise what he is doing - how about the child?????

I think Oprah is reaching in putting some publicity seeking confused clown on her show and trying to legitimise what he is doing - how about the child?????

First of all, let's get real, It is a WOMAN not a MAN. Having your breasts removed and taking some hormone pills doesn't make you a man. It is a fake story and I am appalled that Oprah would even have the story on her show! When a REAL man, that was born a man has a baby then bring the guy on show. This is ridiculous. I felt like I was watching Springer instead of Oprah yesterday. I definitely lost some respect for the show!

Stop calling her a man, it is a woman, looking manly.

This is a woman having a baby. She wrote a book that she wants to sell so ahe went public.

This is one of the few time where almost all of the comments will agree, this is story is a mess. Oprah lost a bit of respect for bringing attention to such a story.

What is funny is that she wanted to become a man so she got rid of her breast and took testosterone, BUT she kept her reproduction organs to conceive a child??? Last time I checked men cannot have babies!

Not all liberals are on board with this. I personally think there's going to be some problems with this child in the future. Just a feeling. This a women having a baby...a women that looks like a man.

Anyway don't put liberals in the same category. Everyone is different and I'm certainly not for this. Also the wife...well she basically married a women.

Respectfully Oprah. Here's the problem with this, this is not a man. I can't believe that you of all people would not only waste the viewers time, but also insult their intelligence with something that we all know is impossible. Who are you trying to kid! I am starting to think that you are going down the road of Phil Donahue in his final years on TV. He was the one that started this kind of stupidity on TV.

One word : creepy

Talk about twisting the truth. There is not such thing a man having a baby and it is ridiculous that this couple and the media would go as far to try to convince an already confused public that there is such a thing. Simply stated- this woman is having a baby. The fact that she choses to live as a male does not change that fact that she is physically a woman, a woman that has become pregant as many do. Women have babies everyday. There is no miracle here just propaganda.

I'm sorry, but this is nothing more than a pregnant woman, so how is this news????

The world must be coming to an end

this is a woman having a baby not a man show me the penis and then i'll say a man is pregnant .... the liberals are just waiting to die to enter hell, i feel very bad for oprah because she is enjoying earth so much and forgetting about heaven...

This is the silliest thing I have ever heard. Just because you take testosterone and have hairy underarms does not make you a man. No matter how you look at this, it is not a man having a baby...so where's the miracle?

Here, here Mike. I agree with you totally.

The guy is not a man and this is sensationalist garbage. This is what excessive egalitarianism has done to America. The big lie is that this is "love" and this is normal.

I understand that she is having a baby, however from the outside she might look like a man and pass as man but biologically she is a women. So its really a women having a baby not a man, man from outside,women from inside thats all.

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