MOMS for the 21st CenturyJuly 22, 2010 • By Jason Disterhoft
Amnesty International’s pathbreaking report, Deadly Delivery, documented the maternal health care crisis in the United States: women in the United States have a greater lifetime risk of dying of pregnancy-related causes than women in 40 other countries, with African-American women dying at an almost four times greater rate than Caucasian women.
As Amnesty’s Mother’s Day briefing on Capitol Hill showed, legislators recognize the urgency of this issue and are responding.
Today, one of those champions is stepping up and introducing a vital new piece of legislation. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard’s (D-CA) “MOMS for the 21st Century Act” would:
- Strengthen a geographically and racially diverse maternal health care workforce
- Improve research and data collection on maternal health care, including identifying health professional shortage areas and promoting evidence based maternal care
- Elevate and coordinate work on maternal health care within the Department of Health and Human Services
Amnesty International is proud to enthusiastically support the bill. The MOMS for the 21st Century Act is the first in a series of legislative initiatives that we’re working on — stay tuned for more news in the weeks to come!