The Biden administration has replaced the word "mothers" with "birthing people" in the 2022 fiscal year budget.
The White House's 2022 fiscal year budget replaced the word in the section relating to maternal health...
And it's a decision that has divided opinions, with the term "birthing people" being criticized by some.
Heritage Action Executive Director, Jessica Anderson, tweeted:
Biden’s budget would literally erase the word “mother” and replace it with the woke and watered-down term “birthing people” in relation to maternal health.— Jessica Anderson (@JessAnderson2) June 7, 2021
Why does Biden want to cancel mothers? pic.twitter.com/SiZGqmmxkX
"Biden's budget would literally erase the word 'mother' and replace it with the woke and watered-down term 'birthing people' in relation to maternal health. Why does Biden want to cancel mothers?"
The budget includes a public health section which addresses efforts to "reduce maternal mortality rates and end race-based disparities in maternal mortality."
Biden admin replaces "Mothers" with "birthing people". Sometimes feel I am losing touch with the "new reality". pic.twitter.com/LeaRQMHfwJ— Saran Shanmugam (@saranstm) June 9, 2021
In that, it states that the U.S "has the highest maternal mortality rate" with an "unacceptably high mortality rate for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women."
The budgets then go on to address how they intend to "end this high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities" among "birthing people."
This is meant to include transdender men who have given birth (because their bodies are capable) while identifying as males. It’s not that hard to understand.— Silvia Marques (@silviamarques) June 8, 2021
"To help end this high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people, the discretionary request includes more than $200 million to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates nationwide, bolster Maternal Mortality Review Committees, expand the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies program, help cities place early childhood development experts in pediatrician offices with a high percentage of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program patients, implement implicit bias training for healthcare providers, and create State pregnancy medical home programs," it reads.
However, the change in language is not consistent throughout as elsewhere in the budget, it supports the idea of providing paid leave "to keep mothers in the workforce."
What do you think about the change? Do you think it's a good way of being inclusive, or do you think it's unneccesary?