"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.
The budget goes on to tout the implementation of 'implicit bias training for health care providers' as well as the creation of state-run pregnancy medical home programs and additional early childhood development funding.
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.'"
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