Biden Admin Uses ‘Birthing People’ in Budget Proposal

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

The White House’s $6 trillion federal budget proposal uses the term “birthing people” to refer to women and mothers.

The story: The public health section in the 2022 fiscal budget begins with gender-specific terms such as “maternal” and “women of color” but then reverts to gender-neutral language later in the paragraph to refer to “birthing people.”

“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,” the provision reads. “To help end this high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people – and in addition to the investment in maternal health included in the American Families Plan – the Budget includes more than $200 million.”

It then continues to use terms like “maternal health” and “maternal morbidity.”

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