The New York City Department of Health issued a bizarre apology after a top city medical official racially distinguished mothers and so-called “birthing people.”

What happened?

Last month, Dr. Michelle Morse, chief medical officer at the NYC DOH, announced the expansion of the city’s “doula program and midwifery initiative to reduce maternal and infant health inequities” and promote “birth equity.”

Morse maintained her progressive “birthing people” vernacular throughout her announcement except when she observed a purported racial disparity in mortality rates. According to Morse, black and Hispanic mothers are “mothers,” but non-Hispanic white mothers are “birthing people.”

“The urgency of this moment is clear. Mortality rates of birthing people are too high, and babies born to Black and Puerto Rican mothers in this city are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than babies born to non-Hispanic White birthing people,” Morse tweeted on March 23.

A spokesperson for the NYC DOH called the tweet an “oversight” and issued an apology — but not for the racial differentiation. Instead, the spokesman apologized for Morse “gendering” non-white “birthing people.”

“We apologize for inadvertently gendering Black and Puerto Rican birthing people,” the spokesperson said, the New York Post reported.

Woke linguists are attempting to erase “mother” and similar feminine references to mothers from societal vocabulary because they claim women are not the only people who birth children. Despite only women possessing the reproductive organs necessary to carry, grow, and birth children, progressives demand mothers be called “birthing people” because trans men — otherwise known as biological women — also give birth.

Anything else?

Dr. Morse is no stranger to controversy involving race-related medical information.

Last year, she co-published an article that called for an “antiracist agenda” in medicine because “colorblind solutions have failed to achieve racial equity in health care,” thus requiring “federal reparations and real institutional accountability.”

One of the more controversial aspects of the article is that Morse and her co-author promoted preferential treatment for non-white patients.

“Offering preferential care based on race or ethnicity may elicit legal challenges from our system of colorblind law,” the article states. “But given the ample current evidence that our health, judicial, and other systems already unfairly preference people who are white, we believe—following the ethical framework of [philosopher Naomi] Zack and others—that our approach is corrective and therefore mandated.”

Unfortunately, New York City engaged in such preferential treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late December 2021, the NYC DOH prioritized COVID-19 treatment to non-white patents, claiming that being racially non-white is another “risk factor” that could complicate COVID infection.

“Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,” the agency said.

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