The U.S. Is Failing Mothers of Color—But Massachusetts Is Fighting Back

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A new Massachusetts bill will examine the racial inequities plaguing Massachusetts’s maternal health system.

Racial discrimination occurs in all facets of America’s health care system, but mothers are particularly affected. (Pixabay / Creative Commons)

In a historic move to combat systemic racism, Massachusetts lawmakers have passed Bill H.4818, An Act to Reduce Racial Inequities in Maternal Health. Signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Jan. 13, the bill creates a legislative committee that will examine the racial inequities plaguing Massachusetts’s maternal health system.

This committee will make recommendations to reduce racial discrimination’s role in maternal mortality (deaths occurring during childbirth); and severe maternal morbidity, meaning any health condition that is aggravated during pregnancy and childbirth.

Studies show that states which create…

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