Black Women Demand Action on Black Maternal Health Crisis

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This post originally appeared on In Our Own Voice. It has been republished with permission.

“When it comes to our health,” writes Howell, “Black women suffer from the double-edged sword of racism and sexism baked into the healthcare industry.” Pictured: Washington DC, September 30, 2017, where thousands participated in two marches, The March for Racial Justice and The March for Black Women.

This week is Black Maternal Health Week (April 11 –17, 2020).

Across all socio-economic and geographic lines, Black women in the U.S. are three to five times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than their white counterparts.

This is not only a public health crisis but a moral one as well—one that requires our elected leaders and public health officials to examine the many structural and systemic factors that contribute to poor maternal health outcomes for…

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