One set of new rules Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) implemented at the start of the 117th Congress revolved around making the U.S. House a more “gender-neutral” place for new members.
In a statement at the time, Pelosi boasted about how the rules package would “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral.”
What this meant was that terms like “father” and “mother” would bizarrely be viewed as exclusionary and therefore frowned upon if used, although not banned outright:
“Gendered terms” like “father, daughter, mother, and son” are now eliminated in the House rules for the 117th Congress pic.twitter.com/Hz4x6gOfrX
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 1, 2021
Fast forward a few months to today, where freshman Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) put those rules into action during a House Oversight Committee hearing on “Birthing While Black.” During her testimony, Bush described her pregnancy experiences and how her doctors didn’t take her health concerns seriously, which she believes happened because she’s black. But it was how she referred to black mothers as “birthing people” that got more attention:
Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain. My children almost became a statistic. I almost became a statistic.
I testified about my experience @OversightDems today.
Hear us. Believe us. Because for so long, nobody has. pic.twitter.com/rExrMXzsSQ
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) May 6, 2021
Bush effectively canceling women with her gender-neutral phrasing while discussing an important issue that is intrinsically women-centric like pregnancy and childbirth understandably did not sit well with some folks:
referring to black mothers collectively as “black birthing people” undermines their inherent dignity and humanity, which is the opposite of the congresswoman’s stated goal. https://t.co/AbJYvfOnHQ
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) May 6, 2021
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), another first-term Congresswoman, also weighed in and called the absurdity for what it was:
“Birthing people” – you mean women or moms?
The left is so woke they're stripping from women the one thing that only we can do.
Leave it to libs to botch highlighting an important issue ppl in both parties 🙋🏻♀️ can agree on by catering to the fringes… https://t.co/ukDRvVC0pi
— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) May 6, 2021
Predictably, the pro-abortion group NARAL rushed to Bush’s defense like the good little “feminist” sellouts they are:
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. https://t.co/9E9qKRMJTu
— NARAL (@NARAL) May 6, 2021
No, no, no. That is not – I repeat – not how any of this works, y’all. Remember, we must trust the science, right?
To make matters worse, Bush’s ridiculous comment detracted from what was actually a pretty chilling story about how either she or her unborn babies could have died because her doctors weren’t listening to her:
Once you get past this "birthing people" remark, Bush actually tells the incredible story of how her son was born at only 23 weeks, weighed only 1 lb, had his ears still inside his head and translucent skin, and yet survived. He's now 21 years old, according to Bush. https://t.co/BetiP2zUT3
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) May 6, 2021
Bush’s story is a pro-life story as much as it is a racial story if what she says about her doctors’ treatment of her is accurate. But she takes away from her important message about respecting pregnant black women’s voices when she diminishes them as not mothers but “people” as though anyone else but a woman who is born a woman can get pregnant and give birth.
Sadly, not only is she far from the only Democratic woman in the House to use the term “birthing people” to describe mothers, the media has gotten in on the action as well:
Sorry, ladies. You’re no longer a thing. pic.twitter.com/JQI3cKRO8p
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 6, 2021
That said, let’s thank God that President Biden hasn’t allowed the radical leftists who are pulling his strings to convince him that we should call “Mother’s Day” something like “Birthing People’s Day” instead. Then again, I wouldn’t put it past him, because we are living in some incredibly stupid times.
Update: Total shocker that Twitter is going along with this insanity:
The word "mothers" does not appear in this description from Twitter pic.twitter.com/MxnOfTAVGk
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) May 6, 2021