EXCL: Report is slammed for referring to women as ‘birthing people’ 


A US government-funded prison report has come under fire after the term “women” was replaced by “people giving birth” and “parent giving birth.”

Experts told DailyMail.com it was another sign of “progressive jargon” creeping into important medical literature and health advice.

The study looked at how pregnant women are treated in female prisons and was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But a summary of the research published on the NIH website, curiously, doesn’t use the words “women,” “woman,” or “women.”

Instead, gender neutral terms like “people giving birth”, “parent giving birth”, “people willing to give milk”, “people born” and “prisoners”.

The term ‘breastfeeding’ is also used once in the newspaper.

Stella O’Malley, executive director of the advocacy group Genspect, told DailyMail.com: “Over-the-top and extensive efforts to be inclusive for certain groups often end up knocking out other groups.

‘The [National Institutes of Health] must return to simple and clear language if they want to help as many people as possible.

“People who are not fluent in English will not be able to understand this report, and that in itself is exclusion.”

It comes after DailyMail.com revealed that “women” had been removed from official flu advice.

The report uses phrases like ‘people giving birth’, ‘people giving birth’ and other references to ‘people’ rather than ‘women’ throughout the report

Some have accused medical institutions of confusing people and obliterating women by using gender-neutral terms when discussing pregnancy or menstruation (file photo)

Some have accused medical institutions of confusing people and obliterating women by using gender-neutral terms when discussing pregnancy or menstruation (file photo)

The report is titled “Lactation Support for People Who Are Incarcerated: A Systematic Review,” published in Breastfeeding Medicine.

It was a meta-analysis of 20 existing studies on the subject and was conducted by experts at the University of North Carolina (UNC).

The report was led by Dr Kathryn Wouk, an adjunct professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Dr Wouk for comment.

Are US health authorities waking up?

Leading U.S. research and public health agencies have come under fire in recent weeks for using “awakened” language that “effaces” women.

In September, the CDC was criticized after it became known that the agency had removed references to women in its monkeypox guidelines.

Instead, an online information page now uses the gender-neutral “pregnant people” when discussing the virus for expectant mothers.

The American Nurses Association came under fire last month for calling for restrictions on surgery for trans youth to be lifted.

An expert from the Heritage Foundation called the situation a “grotesque politicization” of healthcare.

Last week, the CDC was criticized for replacing “pregnant women” with “pregnant people” on its flu vaccination information page.

Now the UNC is under fire for referring to women as “pregnant people” in a new report.

There are hundreds of references to women in the 35-page report and dozens of gender-neutral terms, which experts say confuse things even more.

Ms O’Malley said: ‘Women are bound by our biology, and pregnancy and breastfeeding are intrinsically feminine experiences.

“When a person who is medically in transition becomes pregnant, it means they are perfectly aware of the reality of being a woman and don’t need complicated language to dance around being a woman.”

Patrick Brown of the Ethics and Public Policy Center told DailyMail.com: “This report is another example of progressive jargon trying to obscure reality.

‘Using artificial, unpleasant language like ‘childbirth’ or ‘people who want to give milk’ erases the specific care needs of women around childbirth and breastfeeding.

“Shoehorning fueled identity politics into worthwhile initiatives, such as breast-feeding incarcerated women, does nothing to help mothers and babies, and instead turns the subject into a counterproductive culture war football.”

dr. Mahri Irvine, executive director of the Women’s Liberation Front told DailyMail.com: ‘Women are the only people who are able to conceive, give birth and breastfeed babies; women face unique physiological and psychological problems associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

Erasing the basic biological reality of motherhood everywhere is a sign of extreme disrespect for women. Women are not “born people” – they are women.’

She also asks, “Why does the NIH seem so determined to cover up the basic fact that only women give birth, and only women experience problems related to breastfeeding?”

This isn’t the first time leading public health agencies in the US have come under fire for erasing women in favor of gender-neutral language.

On Monday, DailyMail.com revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had removed the word “women” from its flu vaccine guidelines.

An analysis found a dozen changes to the CDC’s flu guidelines in August, removing all terms like “pregnant women” and replacing them with “pregnant people.”

The CDC took a hit, with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) saying there was “no logical scientific reason” and claiming it was “clearly a political move.”

In September, DailyMail.com revealed that the agency used the term “pregnant people” in its monkey pox guidelines.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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