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 Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (D-N.D.) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoHillicon Valley: Facebook to remove mentions of potential whistleblower's name | House Dems demand FCC action over leak of location data | Dem presses regulators to secure health care data Senators introduce bill to create 'parity' among broadband programs Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump 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 BeutlerGOP lawmakers offer new election security measure GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine Dems push to revive Congress' tech office 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.