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Senate committee to vote on bill tackling maternal death rates next week

Senate committee to vote on bill tackling maternal death rates next week
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The Senate Health Committee will vote next week on a bill aimed at cutting maternal mortality rates in the U.S. 

Sponsored by Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration MORE (D-N.D.) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE (R-W.Va.), the bill would support state-level efforts to form review committees that specifically track and investigate pregnancy-related deaths and then look for ways to prevent future deaths from occurring. 

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For every 100,000 live births in America, 26.4 women experience pregnancy-related deaths, according to a study published in The Lancet, a general medical journal. 

There is also a racial disparity, with black women four times as likely to die from pregnancy than white women. 

On average, among developed countries, there are 12 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the World Health Organization. 

But these deaths still aren’t widely tracked across the U.S.; the legislation would standardize current state efforts to do so and help states that don’t have committees create them. 

Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler wins reelection Mild weather could boost voter turnout on Election Day MORE (R-Wash.), who sponsored the House's version of the bill, said she has a commitment from leadership for a vote before August. 

“I think there’s legislation moving in the Senate, so this stands an awesome chance of being signed into law," she told The Hill Tuesday.