Vice President Kamala Harris Continues to Lead on Maternal Mortality Issues
December 7, 2021
|Vice President Harris has been a leader on tackling the United States’ maternal mortality and morbidity crisis with a specific focus on the disparate impact on Black women. That work continues today, as she kicked off the first-ever White House Maternal Health Day of Action.|
Maternal health is an issue that the vice president has championed for a long time, and it has also been an important focus for the Biden-Harris administration. President Biden’s Build Back Better Act will make critical investments to lower the health risks of pregnancy in America for everyone, no matter their race, income, or ZIP code.
Reuters: “VP Harris to promote maternal health in White House event”
CNN: “The White House in April issued a presidential proclamation for Black maternal health week to address the crisis and Harris held a roundtable featuring women impacted. Black and Native American women in the United States are more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than are any other demographic.”
The White House: “As a Senator, Vice President Harris introduced the Maternal CARE Act and the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, which would provide significant additional resources to address the crisis. This maternal health work by Vice President Harris and other Congressional leaders is now a key component of the Build Back Better Act, which will expand access to maternal care and make unprecedented new investments to drive down mortality and morbidity.”