If We Let Them Cancel “Mother’s” Day, We’ve Officially Lost our Minds
This Mother’s Day, some progressives started insisting that the holiday be called “Birthing People Day.” That’s because they think it is insensitive to biological females who give birth, but don’t think of themselves as mothers, because they insist—despite their anatomy and DNA—that their gender is male.
I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or do any harm, but we have to draw the line somewhere when people who reject their own anatomy also ask us to reject our common sense, our culture and our commitment to teach our children that their bodies and DNA are, indeed, the single best indicators—and some would say, the only indicators—of their gender.
Those who give birth are called “mothers.” Moreover, they are female. Even if one were to agree that it is best to not prohibit transgender medical treatment and surgical procedures for adults, those who use their bodies to make babies are accepting the form and function of their female anatomy and female DNA (which inextricably and irrevocably encode the waves of estrogen and progesterone and oxytocin that make pregnancy and nursing possible).
Congresswoman Cori Bush clearly doesn’t agree. She Tweeted, “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.”
I would like to hear Congresswoman Bush, and she may have a point about doctors not being sensitive enough to reports of pain, but she lost me at “birthing people.” To me, an elected leader willing to throw aside the notion that mothers give birth is not someone I can trust about much of anything. I don’t want her canceled. But I don’t want her reelected, either. She’s canceling our culture. And that’s an extremely aggressive, destructive act.
NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League, which advocates for the rights of women to end the lives of unborn children, also doesn’t like the word “mother.” That shouldn’t really shock anyone. Right? Here’s what they had to say:
When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple. We use gender neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it’s not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every* body.
Well, what can I add to that? The fact that saying such things leaves NARAL with any credibility, means our culture is already on life support. If we surrender the term “mother,” it’s as good as dead.
Dr. Keith Ablow
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