The Biden administration’s 2022 fiscal year budget request, released Friday, introduced for the first time the term “birthing people” to effectively replace “mothers” in an unprecedented move which drew derision from many.
In a section outlining plans for public health funding titled “Investing in public health infrastructure,” the recently released budget calls attention to strengthening the infrastructure and “meeting crisis-related needs.”
The passage begins by noting the high maternal mortality rate in the U.S., “with an unacceptably high mortality rate for Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and other women of color.”
The document then proposes various means to assist in combating the “high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people,” adding that the budget includes more than $200 million dedicated to various assistance and programs.
Usage of the phrase “birthing people” instead of the traditional “mothers” drew a wave of criticism.
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