Tell your lawmakers: we need to end racial disparities in maternal health

America’s rising maternal mortality rate is a reproductive justice issue disproportionately impacting black women and those living in underserved and rural areas. Consistent with the Jewish value kavod ha bri’ot, or respect and dignity for all human beings, NCJW supports the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA’s) Act (HR 1897/S 916) reintroduced on March 27 by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).

The bill would (1) establish national obstetric emergency protocols, (2) ensure dissemination of best practices and coordination amongst maternal mortality review committees, (3) standardize data collection and reporting, (4) improve access to culturally competent care, and (5) expand Medicaid coverage to one year postpartum. Urge your lawmakers to cosponsor the MOMMA’s Act so that every woman, regardless of her race or other factors, can access comprehensive, affordable, confidential, and equitable maternal health services.