During her testimony to the Democratic oversight committee, pro-choice Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) referred to women as “birthing people.” “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,” Rep. Bush tweeted, sharing a video of her testimony. “I testified about my experience @OversightDems today,” she continued. “Hear us. Believe us. Because for so long, nobody has.” During her testimony, she recounted two stories of her own difficult pregnancies, alleged that her experiences were indicative of systemic racism, and said that she was committed to protecting “black birthing people.” “Every day, black women are subjected to harsh and racist treatment during pregnancy and childbirth. Every day black women die because the system denies our humanity. It denies us patient care,” Rep. Bush declared. “I sit before you today as a single mom, as a nurse, as an activist, and as a Congresswoman, and I am committed to doing the absolute most to protect black mothers, to protect black babies, to protect black birthing people, and to save lives.”
Gender & Sexuality
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taken to task during Wednesday’s Question Period over his mismanagement of allegations surrounding General Vance, with Deputy Conservative Leader Candice Bergen picking apart the prime minister’s “feminist” schtick. “One thing we do know is that this prime minister is not a feminist,” said Bergen. “his record when it comes to the treatment of women is abysmal. Just ask the poor girl he groped in the Kokanees, or ask the Member for Vancouver-Granville (Jody Wilson Raybould) or maybe Jane Philpott. How about Celina Caesar-Chavannes, and Katie Telford, you’re probably next when he’s done with you. More importantly ask the women in our military if they think that this prime minister is a feminist, it will be a resounding no. This prime minister is not a feminist. … just ask the poor girl he groped in the Kokanees.” Conservative leader Erin O’Toole released a statement on Tuesday, calling on Trudeau to fire Chief of Staff Katie Telford to prove he really did not know that sexual misconduct allegations against General Vance were sexual in nature.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is currently evaluating whether or not it should allow LGBTQ students to change their preferred names in their school’s IT systems without having prior parental approval. According to a report by the LGBTQS Community Advisory Committee, the committee has a table working with human rights groups to discuss the matter. “In our student information system (SIS), there is a legal name and preferred name field. There is a table working with Human Rights to discuss what students have access to change on their profile without parental consent,” the report writes. As part of the consultation process, the committee hopes to invite IT professionals and others to further discuss the potential change. True North reached out to the committee for further details on the matter but did not hear back by the time this article was published. Gender transitions by youth and teenagers has been a contentious issue as an increasing number of teens have considered transitioning into their preferred gender. Critics of allowing youth to transition have argued that the “experimental” nature of treatment and other issues puts kids at risk.
Sweden’s Karolinska Hospital announced it will no longer prescribe puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors under the age of 16. While hormonal intervention is still permitted for minors ages 16 to 18, such treatment is only allowed to occur in scientific research areas designated by the ethics review board in Sweden.
Conservative deputy leader Candice Bergen says comments from the NDP around its decision not to support a call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fire his chief of staff over the handling of a complaint against general Jonathan Vance are “patronizing and sexist.” The House of Commons is debating a Conservative motion calling on Trudeau to fire Katie Telford after recent testimony from a former adviser suggesting she knew of an allegation against the former top soldier. Trudeau has defended Telford, saying no one in his office knew the allegation against Vance was of a sexual nature — something Tories say shouldn’t be believed. Before the debate, NDP defence critic Randall Garrison said the party believes responsibility in the handling of the matter lies with Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, not Telford, who is an unelected staff member. He also said in sexual misconduct cases it’s common for women to be blamed for not taking their complaint to the right place. Garrison says he found it “more than a little ironic that the Conservatives have decided the person who should pay the price to pay for the failure to act is one of the only women who was involved.”
LGBTQ activists and some concerned parents are hoping to force Halifax Public Libraries to censor a book that’s skeptical of transgender ideology from its shelves because they see it as being “dangerous” and “transphobic.” The book in question was written by author Abigail Shrier, and is titled “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.” Since its publication, Shrier’s book has been listed as one of the best books of 2020 by The Economist and has received other similar reviews from mainstream publications. One parent named Nicole Nascimento claimed in a Facebook post that the book risks “the lives of trans youth simply for the sake of intellectual freedom.” This week, a petition titled “Transgender Identity is not a choice, a Craze, or a Fad” was launched online demanding that the library censor the book and author for alleged “hateful messages.” “I don’t believe the library should be a place of neutrality, and it should stand up to hate speech. I would like that book removed because I genuinely think it’s dangerous—which is a complicated thing to talk about when it comes to books,” said the petition creator Mila McKay.