Connecticut’s legislature passed a measure that would require school nurses to learn critical race theory principles, such as systemic racism, implicit and explicit biases, anti-blackness, and the experiences of transgender youth.
Training on endometriosis is also included. This is a painful condition that affects the tissue surrounding the uterus.
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The bill’s first section would create a school nurse training program that could lead to continuing education credit.
We hope that school nurses will be able to tell young people who present to the nurse’s office in pain or missing school due to their period that they have the knowledge to inform them of endometriosis. Gilchrest said to Yale News, “You might want that checked out.”
The first section of the bill is likely to require important training in endometriosis, but the second section injects a racial framework which appears completely random.
Breitbart News reached Gilchrest to find out what the racialized training was to do with endometriosis, and what it serves in the bill.
Gilchrest didn’t respond to Breitbart News’s request for comment and she doesn’t appear to have addressed it in the Yale News article.
However, she tried to argue that women weren’t the only ones with uteruses — “individuals without a uterus,” but acknowledged that it was a “predominantly female disease.”
She said that she was angry because she is a feminist and has been working on safety and health issues for women for a long time. I began to do my own research, and discovered that endometriosis affects one in ten women with a uterus. This is a predominantly female disease that is poorly researched, underfunded, and has a lack of knowledge among healthcare professionals.
Do No Harm, a medical advocacy group, criticized the bill for incorporating race into a medical issue.
Breitbart News’ Laura Morgan, a registered nurse and Do No Harm manager, stated that she spent many years in rural New Mexico during my nursing career. “I can confidently say that none of the students who came to the office complained about tummy pains or menstrual cramps due to implicit racism or systemic bias.”
She concluded that school nurses need to be educated on more topics for their professional growth.