Missouri Democrat Rep. Cori Bush repeated the progressive waterboarding of language and culture on Thursday when she referred to women as “birthing people” during a hearing about the health of black children, which a Democrat Oversight Committee calls a crisis. The term “birthing people” came so naturally to Bush that she didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.
She’s not the only one doing it. The thought leaders of the Left and policymakers at the highest level of government are erasing women and girls.
The CDC now refers in its literature to “People who are pregnant” and “People who are breastfeeding,” rather than women or females.
For inexplicable reasons, the agency that is tasked with interpreting science into policy now writes over women’s very chromosomes by reporting, “Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.”
Where did this accepted of gender denial science come from? Feminist lawyers.
The gestation of a child, the morning sickness, the physical demands of advanced pregnancy, the labor of giving birth, and postpartum up-and-down experiences, and nursing a baby have made being a woman inconvenient in the field of employment law. Attorneys and feminists are positing that it is time to “de-gender pregnancy,” to reduce the frequency of workplace discrimination.
If everyone is a “people,” then pregnancy is something that might happen to any of them, the attorneys would have us believe.
We arrive at the culture wars of Mothers Day, 2021 and find motherhood itself is being cancelled by legal scholars trying to protect women for their own good. You are a menstruating person, not a woman. You are a birthing person, not a mother. There is nothing unique about your anatomy.
These are the same great thinkers who have led the fight to cancel fathers and make fatherhood dispensable in the lives of children, a trend that began with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s. We see how that’s working out.
These are the same great thinkers who cancelled Mr. Potato Head this year, because “Mister” is a classification too far. Banishing Barbie is already underway with the de-gendering of the iconic doll.
In 1865, poet William Ross Wallace wrote a poem that describes motherhood in terms that seem so politically incorrect today that the poem may be someday subjected to a “trigger warning.”
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle’s third stanza is powerful:
“Woman, how divine your mission,
Here upon our natal sod;
Keep – oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother-love impearled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.”
The rush to de-gender pregnancy is robbing women of what is a transformational and fleeting season in their lives, the creation and nurturing of life itself.
In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic majority erased the words “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister” and other terms that were not considered sufficiently “gender-inclusive” from the House rules. Those terms have been replaced with “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling.” That’s right: There’s no more sister and brother or aunt and uncle. No more mom or dad.
To all mothers, happy Mothers Day from Must Read America. You are so very special and treasured. You are the hand that rocks the cradle, with unique abilities that shall not be denied. It’s time to start fighting back and reclaim your rightful place as mothers. Don’t let the Left take away what is amazing, important, and God-given.
Suzanne Downing writes for Must Read Alaska, Must Read America, and NewsMax.