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Planned Parenthood Endorses Rep. Moore’s Infant Mortality Bill

Congresswoman Moore collaborated with numerous local and national organizations to develop this legislation.

By - Feb 12th, 2016 11:23 am

Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) introduced legislation in the House that would help develop standardized national guidelines for protocol in death scene investigations, autopsies, and the collection of data following an infant or child death or stillbirth. The Reducing Unexpected Deaths in Infants and Children Act increases local and state funding to collect more complete and thorough data after an infant and child death, improve death scene investigations, and expand support services for grieving families who have experienced the loss of an infant or child.

Congresswoman Moore collaborated with numerous local and national organizations to develop this legislation, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Association of Maternal and Child Heath Programs, Safe States Alliance, Society of Medicolegal Death Investigators, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.

“We applaud Congresswoman Gwen Moore for continuing to support women and families by introducing The Reducing Unexpected Deaths in Infants and Children Act,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. “This bill will help combat infant mortality by providing resources to improve the health of women before, between, beyond and during pregnancy. As the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is dedicated to ensuring access to quality, affordable care for women – essential pieces for preventing infant mortality and building strong, healthy families and communities.”

“With thousands of stillbirths and babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly every year in the United States, this stark reality demands our attention, our concern, and most importantly, our swift action,” said Congresswoman Moore. “As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, I find it shameful that America’s infant mortality rate rivals that of many developing countries. My bill – The Reducing Unexpected Deaths in Infants and Children Act – provides valuable support to states, municipalities, and organizations to help understand and combat child and infant death. We have the resources and capacity to prevent these tragedies from occurring. All we need now is the political will. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this critical legislation.”

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