What’s Current: UK hospital directs midwives to refer to breast milk as ‘human milk’

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  • A UK hospital issued guidelines to midwives instructing them to alter their language around birthing in order to “be inclusive of trans and non-binary birthing people.” Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals advised practitioners to refer to breastfeeding as “chestfeeding” and to call breast milk “human milk.”
  • Women in several cities across France demonstrated in support of a woman who alleges she was groomed and raped by 20 firefighters between the ages of 13-15, calling on the government to implement laws regarding the age of consent. Three of the accused admitted to the offense but claimed it was consensual; under current law, minors over 13 are considered capable of consent.
  • Human rights organizations are urging the Czech government to compensate Roma women who were sterilized under Communist rule during an unofficial policy attempting to curb the minority population.
  • A proposed bill in Iowa would restrict discussions of gender identity in schools, including banning its mention in kindergarten classes, and requiring parental consent regarding such topics for older children. It would also place teachers under an obligation to include such topics as detransitioning and the harms of medical treatments in conversations regarding transgender ideology.
  • The jailing of a woman who was the victim of revenge porn sparked a social media campaign calling for reform around current revenge porn laws.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.