Black Maternal Health Week Exposes GOP’s Deadly Anti-Black Agenda

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WASHINGTON — As we mark Black Maternal Health Week, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is condemning state Republicans for their relentless crusade against the maternal health and safety of Black women. Regardless of education or income, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, yet state Republicans are failing to address rising maternal mortality rates while banning abortion and refusing to expand Medicaid – all of which have a disproportionately negative effect on Black women. 

“There is a maternal health crisis happening right now for Black women in this country,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “While state Democrats across the country fight to expand access to health care, state Republicans cruelly do nothing as many Black mothers needlessly die. Democrats know that maternal health and racial justice can be safeguarded through intersectional policies, such as expanded Medicaid and protected reproductive rights. That’s why they are fighting to expand Medicaid and protect the right to an abortion in every state to ensure the health and well-being of Black women across the country.”

Refusal to Expand Medicaid:

Attacks on Abortion: