Our bodies are designed most beautifully by God. In the reproductive system, males and females are variations of a single form. Out of 46 chromosomes, 45 are unisex and are anatomically indistinguishable from the opposite sex.

The Y chromosome includes a single gene that throws a master switch triggering the testes to develop and produce the principal male hormone, testosterone. Ovarian hormones develop in females. These hormones must develop, travel and bathe different areas of the fetal brain and influence the sex.

There are 4,000 different types of birth defects. The March of Dimes says one out of 33 babies born each year has a birth defect.

We accept the best of modern medicine to deal with these defects, except for the reproductive system. Many, instead, consult a text, including many churches, whose ideological beliefs date back 4,000 years ago when dreams and visions were the primary source of knowledge. Any malfunction of this system is considered sinful.

It is completely understandable why taboos would emerge through the ages from this reproductive act. Try to explain to an 8-year-old this sexual union explicitly in creative detail. Will it appear lewd and filthy and far from agape love? And yet, from this seemingly aberrant act, emerges the closest thing to God on Earth: a pure and innocent newborn baby. This is the ultimate paradox.

Can we break away from prejudices and accept that malfunctions can occur in this system as well as others? From President Donald Trump’s recent invective ruling against transgenders, he definitely cannot.

Keep this adage in mind: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Lillian Bachmeier, Mandan