I would say this definitely qualifies as another example of what James Carville lamented as the culturally tone deaf faculty lounge jargon that defines woke progressivism.
“The White House’s 2022 fiscal year budget replaced the word mothers with birthing people in a section about public health funding, prompting ridicule Monday from President Joe Biden‘s conservative critics.
The Biden administration’s budget includes a public health section which addresses efforts to “reduce maternal mortality rates and end race-based disparities in maternal mortality.” The budget specifically addresses racial disparities between Black, American Indian/Alaska Native and other women of color. But it is the replacement of the word mother with birthing people that drew the ire of conservative think tank leaders and right-wing media members Monday following the release of Biden’s budget.
A Heritage Foundation lobbyist on Capitol Hill responded incredulously tweeting, “Why does Biden want to cancel mothers?”
“The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed nations, with an unacceptably high mortality rate for Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and other women of color. To help end this high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people,” reads the 2022 White House fiscal year budget proposal. …”
Progressive activist groups already defending the terminology.
“The pro-choice nonprofit NARAL defended use of the term, tweeting, “When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple. We use gender neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it’s not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every* body.” …”
It was exactly a month ago that Rep. Cori Bush floated the term “black birthing people.” It was the subject of a Liberal Larry skit. Republicans are gleeful that progressives are rolling with this because it is another losing culture war issue that unites Republicans, repulses Independents and divides Democrats. There is nothing that Republicans would love better than to steer the 2022 midterms onto the terrain of divisive cultural issues like whether “trans women” are capable of giving birth.