What are the details?
The strange, sterile phrase appears in a section of the budget proposaloutlining public funding efforts to "reduce] maternal mortality rates and end race-based disparities in maternal mortality."
In the section, the administration laments that 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," before offering its solution for "birthing people" (emphasis added):
Interestingly, in another section of the budget proposal regarding paid leave in the American Families Plan, the administration uses the word "mothers."
The Biden administration's proposed budget uses the word "mother" when discussing paid leave but "birthing people" in the section about maternal mortality.https://t.co/UMVbIRZDNt pic.twitter.com/XgWsJLNDYR— Declan Garvey (@declanpgarvey) June 7, 2021