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  • The U.S. has witnessed a rise in mothers dying in childbirth or due to pregnancy related causes.
  • There are many reasons for this increase including poor access to healthcare, discrimination, lack of information about family planning options, and healthcare provider shortage, among others.
  • Due to these barriers, the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality out of every industrialized country.
  • Maternal death for American Indian/Alaskan Native and non-Hispanic Black women is 3 to 4 times more likely to happen compared to White women.
  • Over 50% of maternal deaths are preventable and we want your help to raise awareness including need for State-Wide Maternal/Fetal Mortality Review Boards.

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Legislation as of September, 2017

H.R.1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017 Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]

Introduced ➔Passed House ➔Passed Senate ➔To President ➔Became Law
Awaiting vote in Senate- PLEASE CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE

H.R.315 – Improving Access to Maternity Care Act Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]

Introduced ➔Passed House ➔Passed Senate ➔To President ➔Became Law
Referred to Energy and Commerce in House prior to passing
Referred to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in Senate

H.R.1318 – Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3]

Introduced ➔Passed House ➔Passed Senate ➔To President ➔Became Law
Referred to Energy and Commerce in House

S.337/H.R. 947 – FAMILY Act Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D- NY] / Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT-3]

Introduced ➔Passed House ➔Passed Senate ➔To President ➔Became Law
Referred to Finance Committee in Senate
Referred to Ways and Means in House
*Has 27 co-sponsors in the Senate and 133 in the House who are all Democrat; needs Republican co-sponsors*

S.25 – Right Start Child Care and Education Act of 2017 Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]

Introduced ➔Passed House ➔Passed Senate ➔To President ➔Became Law
Referred to Finance Committee in Senate
*Has two co-sponsors, both Democrat; needs Republican co-sponsor*

H.R.1174 – Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017 Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC)

Introduced ➔Passed House ➔Passed Senate ➔To President ➔Became Law
Referred to Transportation and Infrastructure in House prior to passing
Referred to Environment and Public Works in Senate

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