President Biden’s 2022 fiscal year budget replaced the word mothers with birthing people in a section about public health funding, prompting enough criticism from the citizens.
“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.
A Heritage Foundation lobbyist on Capitol Hill in reference to the proposal Tweeted, “Biden’s budget would literally erase the word “mother” and replace it with the woke and watered-down term “birthing people” in relation to maternal health. Why does Biden want to cancel mothers?”
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.
However, the replacement of the word mother with birthing people drew the ire of conservative think tank leaders and right-wing media members.