Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) signed an executive order to “prohibit the use of woke, anti-women words for official state government business.”
The executive order would ban words such as “pregnant people,” “menstruating person,” and “birth-giver.”
“The science is clear and real; There are things only women can do, like perform the miracle of birth,” Sanders wrote in the executive order.
“We are all here to say, frankly that we’ve had enough enough, trying to erase women and girls, denying our biological differences for men and enough of the craziness, that is taking over our country,” Sanders said at a press conference.
Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) signed an executive order to ban “woke, anti-women words,” like “pregnant people,” from state government documents.
“It’s the left that decided ‘woman’ is a dirty word … that decided we needed to toss out basic biology and basic grammar…” pic.twitter.com/Ph0qdrOc6s
— The Recount (@therecount) October 19, 2023
Fox News reports:
Sanders’ order comes as states, workplaces and schools around the country are pushing the use of what they refer to as “culturally conscious” or “inclusive” language — initiatives that commonly attempt to remove femininity from terms used to describe women.Advertisement
In the spring, the Arkansas Department of Health issued a memo on drinking water that described how small per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can have negative effects on “pregnant people.” Sanders’ new order will require the state to use the terms “pregnant women” or “pregnant mom” when describing someone who is expecting a child.
The governor wrote that rather than refer to females as a “menstruating person” or “menstruating people,” to use the terms “woman” or “women.”
Rather than “birthing person,” use “birth mom,” and rather than “chestfeeding,” use “breastfeeding.”
And rather than “laboring person,” use “birth mom,” and “woman” instead of “birth-giver.”
“I’m the first woman to lead my state. Biden is the first man to surrender his presidency to a woke mob that can’t tell you what a woman is. Everyday we are told that we must partake in their rituals, salute their flags, and worship their false idols. It’s crazy, and it’s wrong,” Sanders said earlier this year.
I’m the first woman to lead my state. Biden is the first man to surrender his presidency to a woke mob that can’t tell you what a woman is.
Everyday we are told that we must partake in their rituals, salute their flags, and worship their false idols. It’s crazy, and it’s wrong.
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) February 8, 2023
THV 11 added:
Gov. Sanders accused these terms and others as being “politically correct” and also accused it as forcing women to take a “back seat” to men. The governor said she has seen at least one instance of what she called “woke language” being used by the Arkansas Department of Health.
The state’s health department reportedly issued a memo where it used the phrase “pregnant people,” according to a Fox News article published over an hour before Sanders’ press conference.
She believes these terms began as a “fad among a few grad students” and further accused the terms of “seeping” into businesses and institutions like healthcare, state government, and corporations.
“Some on the left will accuse us of being nitpicky, that Arkansas should just lay down and accept the cultural revolution without complaint,” Sanders said. “I say it’s the exact opposite. It’s the left that decided that woman is a dirty word.”
The governor described the term “woman” as “basic biology” and “basic grammar.”
Dr. Kay Chandler, Arkansas Surgeon General, claimed this ban “stands up to those who are trying to erase women in the name of political correctness.”
“I know our governor won’t let political correctness get in the way of science,” Chandler said.
We reached out to ACLU to comment on Gov. Sanders’ most recent executive order. The group called the move by the governor “divisive” and said that the executive order aims to “erase” the identities of transgender, non-binary, and other marginalized communities in Arkansas.
Read the executive order below: