A debate was prompted following the term “birthing people” that a Democratic congresswoman used in her speech before Congress last week.
The Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) made the remarks at the House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday, May 6, describing her complications during two pregnancies and how doctors disregarded her plight.
”I sit before you today as a single mom, as a nurse, as an activist, congresswoman, and I am committed to doing the absolute most to protect black mothers, to protect black babies, to protect black birthing people, and to save lives,” Bush said.
On that day, Bush reused the term a second time in her tweet, reminding us how pregnancy pain gets taken for granted by medical professionals. “Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain.”
In detail, the congresswoman said both her kids were born prematurely.
She said she suffered from unusual pain when she carried her eldest son, which the doctors took for granted. The child weighed only 1 pound 3 ounces, and she was told he had “a zero percent chance of life.” He had to be in intensive care for four months afterward.
Bush recalled the next episode of reckless medical treatment with her next baby. She was advised to “abort” her daughter as doctors were afraid it was preterm. Bush ignored that “advice” and successfully delivered the child.
Her son turns 21 this year, and her daughter is now 20 years old.
Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain. My children almost became a statistic. I almost became a statistic.
I testified about my experience @OversightDems today.
Hear us. Believe us. Because for so long, nobody has. pic.twitter.com/rExrMXzsSQ
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) May 6, 2021
Not everyone accepted the way Bush tried to make her language more gender-neutral.
Rose McGowan, the famous actress who stepped out to speak of Democrat’s hypocrisy while sharing her compassion with Bush’s situation, could not accept the term.
“Birthing People? I’m empathetic to your painful & unfairly traumatic experience,” she tweeted. “But why are you smearing bio-women to virtue signal to trans women? Why can’t we rise together? Your language is creepy. You are gaslighting. What you are doing is dangerous.”
“This upcoming Sunday is no longer Mothers Day, it’s Birthing Peoples’ Day,” Steve Cortes, senior advisor to strategy for the Trump 2020 campaign, tweeted.
“Birthing people”—you mean women or moms?” Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) criticized. “The left is so woke they’re stripping from women the one thing that only we can do.”
Meanwhile, others defended Bush, saying the center of her speech was about healthcare treatment in relation to racial inequity, arguing that it was inappropriate to divert her message by focusing on the way she uses language.
“You know, it’s incredibly telling that in all the conservative outrage about the term “birthing people,” @CoriBush’s actual point about women of color not having access to proper maternal care has been COMPLETELY ignored,” tweeted Raw Story reporter Matthew Chapman.
“Having a baby doesn’t make you a woman. Plenty of us don’t. We’re still worthy,” said Twitter user Susannah. “Expanding birth to include all people takes nothing away from cis-gendered women because we’re not defined by our ability to give birth.”