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CDC slammed for urging 'pregnant people' to get vaccinated

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CDC slammed for urging 'pregnant people' to get vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urged “pregnant people” to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, sparking derision from some over both the guidance and the refusal to use the word “women.”

The agency called for “urgent action to increase Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future” in a recommendation released on Wednesday, saying the benefits of vaccination “outweigh known or potential risks.”

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According to statistics cited in the report, 161 pregnant women have died of COVID-19 out of 125,000 who tested positive, putting the risk of death for that demographic at less than 0.13%.

Critics were quick to point out the omission of the word “women,” the only biological sex that can get pregnant, to include the possibility that a pregnant female may not identify with the gender she was “assigned at birth.”


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The CDC released a guide to inclusive language in August that instructed the use of “gender-neutral language whenever possible” and “terms that are inclusive of all gender identities.”

Other groups have attracted controversy for similar efforts to adopt gender-neutral language. Earlier this week, a top editor at medical journal Lancet apologized after a cover quote referred to women as “bodies with vaginas.”

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Tags: News, CDC, Gender, Vaccination, Coronavirus

Original Author: Virginia Aabram

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