More women in the U.S. die from complications related to pregnancy than in any other developed country. To address this alarming fact, Congress introduced bipartisan legislation titled the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, H.R.1318, and the Maternal Health Accountability Act, S.1112.
These bipartisan bills would help states establish or improve their maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs). The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1318 on December 11, 2018, and earlier this summer the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved S. 1112. The full Senate must now act on this legislation.
It's no secret that our nation is experiencing a maternal health care crisis. The U.S. currently ranks 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate, and women die every day in the U.S. due to complications from childbirth. Significant health disparities exist in the United States, as black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than white women. We must do better!
To turn the tide on maternal mortality in the U.S. we must better understand why preventable maternal deaths continue to occur and prioritize ways to effectively reduce them. The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act and Maternal Health Accountability Act seek to mitigate these statistics by supporting MMRCs and promoting national information-sharing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that states can continue to learn from best practices and collaborate with each other.
Now we need your help to put an end to preventable maternal deaths! Please #Act2SaveMoms by doing emailing your Senator today! We've made things easy by providing a template below that can be edited to suit your opinions as they relate to SUPPORT for H.R. 1318 and S. 1112. Don't Delay, Take Action Today!