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 HeitkampThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls MORE (D-N.D.) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThis week: Democrats pledge ‘sparks’ in Kavanaugh hearing Congress faces September scramble on spending California passes bill to ban controversial drift net fishing 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 BeutlerWashington’s Dem governor invites Trump to come campaign for GOP candidates Dems see wider path to House after tight Ohio race Record numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress 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.