Using The Term ‘Birthing People’ Erases Women

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During her testimony to the Democratic oversight committee, pro-choice Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) referred to women as “birthing people.” “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,” Rep. Bush tweeted, sharing a video of her testimony. “I testified about my experience @OversightDems today,” she continued. “Hear us. Believe us. Because for so long, nobody has.” During her testimony, she recounted two stories of her own difficult pregnancies, alleged that her experiences were indicative of systemic racism, and said that she was committed to protecting “black birthing people.” “Every day, black women are subjected to harsh and racist treatment during pregnancy and childbirth. Every day black women die because the system denies our humanity. It denies us patient care,” Rep. Bush declared. “I sit before you today as a single mom, as a nurse, as an activist, and as a 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.”

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