Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (D. IL) re-election campaign:
In the United States, Black women are at least three times more likely than white women to die as a result of pregnancy. Here in Illinois, that number is even higher.
That is a tragedy and simply not acceptable in a nation with one of the strongest healthcare systems in the world. We can do better. We must do better.
That’s why I am introducing the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act alongside Senator Cory Booker and my fellow Illinoisan, U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood. I’ll tell you more about this legislation in a moment, but if you want to show your support for new moms and their babies, add your name as a citizen co-sponsor now.
Here are some more details about what the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act will accomplish:
- Invest in social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes, such as housing, transportation, and nutrition.
- Study the unique maternal health risks facing pregnant and postpartum Veterans and support VA maternity care coordination programs.
- Grow digital tools like telehealth to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved and rural areas.
- Support moms with mental health or addiction issues as well as those who are incarcerated during pregnancy.
There are a LOT more important policies included in our Momnibus bill, but the bottom line is this: if America is a nation that cares about our moms and babies, we have to put our money where our mouth is. We have to invest in maternal healthcare — especially for those moms of color that are most at risk.
As a mom of two daughters, I personally care deeply about this issue, and I’d love to know my supporters do too. Will you add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act today?
Thank you for speaking up.
All my best,