McKINNEY JOINS IN PROMOTING "SAFE MOTHERHOOD
"No woman should die to become a mother"
May 16, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) joined U.S.
Surgeon General David Satcher and other Members of Congress and
the Senate to emphasize the need for legislation to prevent serious
health problems that occur during pregnancy. This troubling new
data was released by the Centers for Disease Control. "In Georgia,
the rate of mortality for African American women was over ten times
that of the lowest rate in the nation," stated McKinney.
Congresswoman McKinney is an original co-sponsor of the "Safe Motherhood
Monitoring and Prevention Research Act (HR 2316). "The disparity
between black and white women represents the largest racial disparity
in all public health issues and we need to find out why, and in
order to do that we need to get more data and improve standards
of care," McKinney continued. Maternal mortality hasnít declined
in the United States since 1982.
Many women fail to get early prenatal care, resulting in complications
that can lead to serious health problems or even death later in
the pregnancy. "The message is getting through, we have to keep
repeating it so everyone can know that health disparities exist
and they must be eliminated. Can you imagine, the natural act of
getting pregnant but dying to have that baby," concluded McKinney.