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So I went back to Science where they got the story and then to the original study as a preprint. It's the researchers who erased women.

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.10.11.21264863v2

Thank you so much for that! Well caught. Here'a similar study that also carefully avoids the naughty 'w-' word even though it's described as 'a secondary analysis of a retrospective online survey titled “The Covid-19 Pandemic and Women’s Reproductive Health”':

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.11.23.21266709v3

I feel like the blood in my veins is running ice. We are being erased as a biological sex, and this is done by young women. Had you asked me if this was one possible future ten years ago, I would have judged you nuts.

One of the researchers is a graduate teaching assistant whose list of research topics includes alphabet soup, so that's probably why. Also, the main researcher is not a medical one, either, though on faculty at a medical school.