“[D]espite significant progress, women and girls continue to face systemic barriers to full and equal participation in our economy and society,” Biden’s proclamation, released Feb. 28, reads. “Last year, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, stripping away a constitutional right from the American people and the ability of millions of women to make decisions about their own bodies, putting their health and lives at risk.”
The president mentioned abortion and “reproductive rights” five times in his announcement and cited women’s suffrage once. Yet, the president appears to be confused about who can have an abortion.
The Biden administration will “defend reproductive freedom” for all Americans “regardless of their gender” or “gender identity,” according to the proclamation. But subscribers to biological reality know that only one gender can get pregnant.
This is not the first time the Biden administration has misunderstood the definition of womanhood. The White House’s 2022 fiscal year budget replaced the word “mothers” with “birthing people.” The Democrats’ May 2022 abortion bill used the word “person” to refer to those who bear and give birth to children instead of the words “woman,” “women,” or “female.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra appeared to become flustered when asked to define the term “birthing people.”
“I’ll check on the language there,” Becerra said, “but I think if we’re talking about those who give birth, I think we’re talking about—I don’t know how else to explain it.”
Biden’s proclamation highlights his administration’s work to further abortion. He mentioned his executive orders to “safeguard access to reproductive care, including medication abortion,” ensure women can receive “emergency medical care,” and protect patients’ access to information about their “reproductive rights.”
The president said he has called on Congress to pass a law securing “the right to choose” in every state, undoing the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which returned the power to legislate abortion to the states by overruling Roe v. Wade. He also touted his Gender Policy Counsel and the so-called Respect for Marriage Act.
“Women continue to lead as advocates for reproductive rights, champions of racial justice, and LGBTQI+ equality,” the proclamation says.
Biden has chosen to intertwine women’s history with the history of abortion and the progress of women’s rights with securing a woman’s right to end the life of her child. All the while, he doesn’t know what makes a woman a woman.
Instead of pretending abortion is the keystone to the progress of women, the president should have dedicated his attention to the actual accomplishments women have made in America, progress which is worth celebrating every March.
Three sitting Supreme Court justices are women, and women constitute more than a quarter of the 118th Congress. The House of Representatives is more than 28% female, while women make up half of the Senate.
The Biden administration has demonstrated it cares more about ensuring abortion is legal than about what is actually best for women. If the president thinks abortion is an essential part of women’s history, he clearly doesn’t know what women are capable of.