Maternal Mortality Legislation: HR 1318/S 1112 (115th Congress)

I write to urge you to hold a vote on H.R. 1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017/S. 1112: Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017. H.R.1318 and S.1112. are bipartisan bills that would support states in putting an end to preventable maternal deaths.

This legislation addresses a national public health crisis: the rising rates of
maternal mortality across the United States. In 2018, more women in the United States died from pregnancy complications than in any other developed country, and the rate of maternal deaths continues to rise.

Racial disparities, the current opioid epidemic, suicide and overdose are currently the leading causes of maternal mortality in our country.

H.R. 1318, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Ryan Costello (R-PA) and S. 1112, a bipartisan bil introduced by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) support the development and support of state MMRCs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Congress can address this crisis by supporting the work of state maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs). MMRCs are interdisciplinary groups of local experts in maternal, infant, and public health that examine maternal death cases and identify locally-relevant ways to prevent future deaths.

I ask you, as my representative, to address this basic need for data that will give our country the answers we need as to why so many of our pregnant and birthing mothers are dying.

Your constituent,

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Public Comments (8)
Jul 11th, 2018
Jacqueline L. from East Rockaway, NY writes:
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the US is one of only 8 or so countries where the maternal mortality rate is still rising! What a shameful situation in a country of such riches and advanced standards of living . We're in t he same sad category as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Belize, and South Sudan, Qatar and Uruguay ...whose rates are also still rising. The IUS rate has doubled since 1987...giving birth in the U.S. costs more than anywhere else in the world but that hasn’t meant better quality of care. We can and must fix this!
Jun 14th, 2018
CeCe L. from Upper Darby, PA writes:
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Make changes NOW. Don’t leave anymore children motherless. What if it was your family member?
Jun 14th, 2018
CeCe L. from Upper Darby, PA writes:
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Make changes NOW. Don’t leave anymore children motherless. What if it was your family member?
Jun 13th, 2018
Nicole S. from Olympia, WA signed.
Jun 13th, 2018
Nicole S. from Olympia, WA signed.
Jun 12th, 2018
Zeb C. from Atlanta, GA writes:
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MMRC and Maternal Mortality is a growing issue in America. We have to reverse this trend through efforts to be better informed and more attention to the problem. We need to hold health practitioners and companies to higher standards and develop better data and practices. This legislation is a step in that direction.
Jun 9th, 2018
Someone from San Jose, CA signed.
Jun 5th, 2018
Pat S. from Oberlin, OH writes:
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I am a Certified Nurse Midwife who thinks this legislation is very very important and a good use of tax payer money

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