Senator Tells HHS Secretary: Quit Using Birthing People. “Mom is a Pretty Good Word, That’s Worked”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 11, 2021   |   4:32PM   |   Washington, DC

During a Senate hearing today, a pro-life senator told the abortion activist who runs the nation’s health department to stop using the term “birthing people” because it’s scientifically inaccurate and offensive to women who are mothers.

As LifeNews has reported, Joe Biden’s administration is trying to redefine terms related to pregnancy and motherhood to push a radical agenda on the American people. The goal apparently is to make irrationality, violence and ultimately the devaluing of human life appear reasonable.

Biden’s $6 trillion 2022 budget plan refers to mothers as “birthing people.”

The Biden administration used the term in a section that includes approximately $200 million to reduce the “high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people.” The language in Biden’s budget is not entirely consistent because another section touts paid-leave policies for their success in keeping “mothers in the workplace.’”

Today, pro-life Senator James Lankford told HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to use the term “Mom” instead.

SEN. LANKFORD: “Can you help me get a good definition of ‘birthing people?'”

BECERRA: “We’re trying to be precise in the language that’s used.”

SEN. LANKFORD: “Mom is a pretty good word. That’s worked for a while.”

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Some lawmakers and abortion activists have used the term “birthing people” before, but it is the first time the term has been used in a federal government document.

Prominent abortion advocacy groups that backed Biden’s campaign are rejecting the term “mother,” too. Earlier this spring, NARAL praised the new term because it includes transgender people.

“When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple,” NARAL wrote on Twitter. “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.”

Ultimately, the notion that abortion is health care and the belief that “mother” is discriminatory devalue human life. They ignore individuals’ unique qualities, things that make us who we are. Unborn babies are irreplaceable human beings whose lives are blotted out in the claim that killing them is health care. Likewise, the claim that women and men can both be mothers ignores one of the most special parts of being a woman: the ability to bear children.

Age, sex and so many other qualities make human beings unique and valuable. To erase them does a disservice to us all.