Some on the left have begun using the phrase “birthing people” as a euphemism for persons who are biologically women, and many on social media responded with mockery and ridicule.
Among the more prominent people using the phrase was far-left Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who posted a video of her testimony before Congress about racial inequality in medical care.
Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain. My children almost… https://t.co/mfRFlzZ3sn
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@Congresswoman Cori Bush)1620320753.0
“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,” tweeted Bush.
Many objected to the odd use of “birthing people” instead of simply saying, “mothers,” or something similar.
“This is s***. They’re called mothers. Calling them ‘birthing people’ is reducing them to a function–making them not human,” replied Tim Carney of the American Enterprise Institute. “That’s what’s at the heart of this whole gender ideology. Reduce us to atomized autonomous individuals without a role or connection.”
“These people really want to remove all of the beauty and truth from the world. Leftism is a scourge. It is poison. It makes everything ugly and dull and weird. I hate it with all my soul,” responded commentator Matt Walsh.
“Liberals have devalued unborn babies for years by calling them clumps of cells or balls of tissue. Now they’re devaluing their mothers by calling them ‘birthing people,'” tweeted pro-life news outlet Life News.
NARAL, the abortion advocacy organization, defended Bush’s use of the phrase and tried to explain what it meant precisely.
“When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple,” the organization tweeted.
When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple.
We use gender neutral language when t… https://t.co/1jD67NwPTe
— NARAL (@NARAL)1620330068.0
“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,” the tweet added.
Bush appeared to respond to the online ridicule in a later tweet as well.
“Trans people give birth. Gender non-conforming people give birth. I identify as a mother, but not every person who gives birth identifies as one. Everything I do is rooted in love, a love that means that everyone’s identity is respected, welcomed, and celebrated,” she tweeted.
In December, a Twitter account from the Harvard Medical School department also referred to “birthing persons,” and later clarified why it was using the odd phrase.
“The webinar panelists used the term ‘birthing person’ to include those who identify as non-binary or transgender because not all who give birth identify as ‘women’ or ‘girls.’ We understand the reactions to this terminology and in no way meant for it to erase or dehumanize women,” the account said in a later tweet.
Bush made headlines in February when she appeared to defend a violent riot by 115 prisoners at the St. Louis County Jail.