Sen. Harris Reintroduces Maternal Care Act

By Free Radical

Senator Kamala Harris reintroduced the Maternal Care Act this past Wednesday.

California Senator Kamala Harris reintroduced the Maternal Care Act this past Wednesday.

On Wednesday, California Senator Kamala Harris announced that she will reintroduce the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act which intends to end racial disparities among expectant mothers. The issue is of particular concern to Black women who are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than White women.

If passed, the law will create a $25 million grant program to “support evidence-based implicit training” targeting racial bias in the medical profession. It will also reserve $125 million to “identify high-risk pregnancies” and to “provide new mothers with the culturally competent care and resources they need.”

Harris told elle.com “We cannot ignore the Black maternal health crisis that is happening in this country.” She continued, “This legislation is a critical step toward protecting mothers, and understanding that a healthy mom means a healthier baby, community, and society.”

A total of sixteen senators are cosponsoring Harris’s bill including fellow presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Harris had first introduced the Maternal Care Act bill in 2018, however it never made it out of committee in the Republican controlled Senate.

The topic of Black women’s maternal health has been of particular concern to Democratic presidential candidates. Black women represent the party’s most loyal base. Nonetheless, Democrats have been accused of only paying lip service to this important voting bloc’s concerns.

Sensing this, Elizabeth Warren published an op-ed piece for the Essence magazine in April which highlighted the need for better maternal care for Black women.

A companio bill to the Maternal Care Act has also been introduced in the House by Rep. Alma Adams who along with Rep. Lauren Wood last month announced the Black Maternal Health Caucus which is designed to combat racial disparities for expectant mothers.

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