Kamala Harris and Colleagues Intro Resolution for Black Maternal Health Week
On Wednesday, International Maternal Health and Rights Day, in an effort to raise awareness about the Black maternal health crisis, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), and their colleagues introduced a resolution to designate April 11-17, 2018 as Black Maternal Health Week. Harris was joined by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and others on this resolution. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black mothers in the U.S. die at a staggering three to four times the rate of white mothers. “The maternal mortality rate of Black women is a public health crisis that must be addressed,” said Harris. “We must recognize that Black mothers need more resources and support to ensure their lives are not cut short, and they be able to raise their children to fulfill their potential. The designation of Black Maternal Health week is a step toward the recognition that more must be done to reduce the rate of maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women.” See the resolution here.