congressional briefing: reproductive health & maternal mortality
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017 12:00-1:30PM HOUSE VISITORS CENTER 201AB
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL)
In cooperation with Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust, and sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Initiative, this Briefing shines a bright and urgent light on the status of women's reproductive and healthcare access and offers a crucial intervention on maternal mortality. Committed to improving the health and wellness of vulnerable communities across the country, Congresswoman Kelly serves as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and co-Chairs the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. She is the co-chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce. Among her many roles in government, Congresswoman Kelly serves on the Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules.
CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING LEADERSHIP
MATERNAL HEALTH & MORTALITY IN THE UNITED STATES: AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION
Women in the United States suffer from an alarming rate of maternal mortality. More than in any other developed nation, women in the United States stand the risk of death during their pregnancies and childbirths. According to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) data, per capita, more pregnant women die during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States than peer, developed nations such as Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France, England, Japan and others. Indeed, the United States ranks 50th in the world for maternal health and safety during pregnancy. Tellingly, pregnant women in Iran, Bahrain, Serbia, and Bosnia are more likely to survive their pregnancies and childbirth than women in the United States. What accounts for these horrific outcomes? How has the persistent efforts to erode women's reproductive health safety nets curtailed their rights and impacted their health? Why is Texas considered the deadliest place in the developed world for a woman to give birth? This Congressional Briefing on Reproductive Health and Maternal Mortality addresses these urgent concerns.
Joining the esteemed leadership of this Briefing are husbands such as Charles Johnson, IV, who suffered the loss of his wife, Kira Dixon Johnson, only hours after her cesarean delivery in 2016. Mr. Johnson offers an intimate view of maternal mortality from the perspective of a young widower and father.
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