NYC health official blasted for calling white women ‘birth people’

A New York City health official has faced criticism for her controversial social media posts about women and motherhood.

dr Michelle Morse, chief medical officer for the city’s Department of Health (DOH), emphasized the region’s “birth equity” initiative, Fox News reported Saturday.

“The urgency of this moment is clear,” she said wrote March 23rd. “Mortality rates among births are too high, and babies born to Black and Puerto Rican mothers in this city are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than babies born to non-Hispanic white births.”

she continued in another post, “Expanding access to doulas and the quality care they provide can save lives and will make a difference for hundreds of NYC families.”

Several social media users took the opportunity to share their disagreement.

“Stop changing our words, we’re all mothers… no matter the color of our skin. We are not breeders, parturients or anything else. We are mothers. All of us”, one person answered.

“None of these terms were taught to you in medical school. You know why? Because they are made up and have nothing to do with biology,” another wrote.

In a February 2021 press release, NYC Health’s website said Morse joined the department and was the agency’s first chief medical officer:

dr Morse is a resident internal medicine physician, co-founder of EqualHealth and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. EqualHealth is a non-profit organization building critical awareness and collective action worldwide to achieve health equity for all.

In 2018 dr. Morse awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship to work with colleagues to launch EqualHealth’s global campaign against racism. In September 2019, she began a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship in Washington, DC and worked with the Ways and Means Committee, Majority Staff of the US House of Representatives, on health equity priorities.

In June, President Joe Biden’s administration’s fiscal 2022 budget proposal introduced the term “birth people” to effectively replace “mothers,” Breitbart News reported at the time.

“The use of the phrase ‘birth people’ instead of the traditional ‘mothers’ has sparked a wave of criticism,” the outlet said.

According to the most recent Fox report, a DOH spokesman called Morse’s post an “accident” and then added, “We apologize for the accidental sexing of Black and Puerto Rican obstetricians.”

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