Write Your Elected Officials
Black Maternal Health Week is April 11–17. This week is intended to build activism, community, and awareness to help end racial disparities, reduce maternal mortality rates, and give all families the respect, rights, and resources to have healthy pregnancies and births.
In the United States, Black women are still at high risk of dying during childbirth, and two to three times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related complications.
If you’re ready to say enough is enough and you want to make an impact, we encourage you to write to your elected officials and ask them to support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021.
The Momnibus Act is made up of 12 bills that will address the maternal health crisis in the U.S. While it’s currently stalled in Congress, it will be reintroduced later this year and you have an opportunity to make your voice heard by writing your representative and requesting they support the act.
Not sure what to write? Check out our sample letter below.
Sample Letter or Email to Your Elected Officials
Dear Representative/Senator xxx:
My name is [insert your name], I am a constituent living in [insert your city].
I am writing to you in regards to the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021. As a constituent and an advocate for maternal health, I urge you to support this Act.
Our nation has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world, with significantly higher rates of maternal mortality for Black women. The Momnibus consists of twelve pieces of legislation that work in coordination to increase access to maternal and perinatal care, while also addressing the social determinants of this health crisis, including housing, transportation, and nutrition services.
To that end, I ask that you support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 when it’s introduced, so we can end America’s maternal health crisis and save the lives of [insert state] moms.
[insert your name]
How to Find Your Elected Official
Interested in learning more about the Momnibus Act? Visit this website.
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