Biden Budget Director Explains to Congress: ‘There Are Certain People Who Do Not Have Gender Identities’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 9, 2021 | 4:57pm EDT
Acting OMB Director Shalanda Young (Screen Capture)
Acting OMB Director Shalanda Young (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Shalanda Young, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told the House Budget Committee on Wednesday that the president’s budget referred to mothers as “birthing people” because “there are certain people who do not have gender identities.”

Rep. Jason Smith (R.-Mo.) asked Young: “The budget requests $26 million to reduce maternal mortality and eliminate race-based disparities in outcomes among, quote, ‘birthing people.’ This is a shift from recent budgets, which referred to maternal health issues as women’s issues. I’ve never heard the term before. Can you explain what it means?

“Absolutely,” Young responded, “there are certain people who do not have gender identities that apply to female or male. So, we think our language needs to be more inclusive in how we deal with complex issues.”

“So, is the administration’s official policy to replace the term ‘woman” with ‘birthing people’?” Smith asked Young.

Young responded: “I think our official policy is to make sure when people get service from their government that they feel included and we’re trying to use inclusive language.”

A section of the budget that President Joe Biden submitted to Congress carries this headline: “Investing in Public Health Infrastructure.” A subsection of that section of budget is, in turn, headlined: “Reduces Maternal Mortality Rate and Ends Race-Based Disparities in Maternal Mortality.”

“To help end this high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people—and in addition to investment in maternal health included in the American Families Plan—the Budget includes more than $200 million to: reduce maternal mortality rates nationwide…”

Here is a transcript of the full exchange between Smith and Young on why the budget uses the term “birthing people.”

Rep. Jason Smith (R.-Mo.): “The budget requests $26 million to reduce maternal mortality and eliminate race-based disparities in outcomes among, quote, ‘birthing people.’ This is a shift from recent budgets, which referred to maternal health issues as women’s issues. I’ve never heard the term before. Can you explain what it means?

Budget Director Shalanda Young: “Absolutely, there are certain people who do not have gender identities that apply to female or male. So, we think our language needs to be more inclusive in how we deal with complex issues. I think the underlying issue is most important that your colleagues, [Rep.] Lauren Underwood [D.-Ill.], and others are working on, is to try to assure that those of color who are giving birth leave the hospital alive and that’s the issue rather than the verbiage. The verbiage matters, but the underlying issue is extremely important and a lot of your colleagues are working hard on this because all of those giving birth should have access to the same quality health care.”

Rep. Smith: “So, is the administration’s official policy to replace the term ‘woman” with ‘birthing people’?”

Young: “I think our official policy is to make sure when people get service from their government that they feel included and we’re trying to use inclusive language.”

Rep. Smith: “Okay. Interesting.”

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