We should all take a moment to celebrate the strong women in our lives. Moms have a tireless job, and one that often is under appreciated. But women, specifically mothers, across the country are facing a crisis—they are dying because of completely preventable complications during pregnancy and delivery. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. In 2018, why are so many mothers across the US dying?
Today in the United States, roughly 66 million people are living in areas where there is a shortage of healthcare providers, doctors, and nurses. Half of the counties in our country don’t have an OBGYN that is experienced in emergency maternal care. Black women are four times more likely to die from pregnancy than white women due to a healthcare system where quality of care is too often segregated along racial lines.
With Paul Ryan and Republicans controlling Congress, we are now faced with the threat of the ACA being repealed and a massive rollback of Medicaid – all to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthy. Social services like no-cost birth control and maternity care programs could be cut, which will affect all women. Due to the high cost of both pregnancy and newborn care, some women are forced to forgo care altogether, causing lifelong consequences for both mothers and their newborn.
I joined Randy’s campaign earlier this month because I knew something needed to be done for women across the country. I couldn’t sit idly by during the most important midterm elections of our lives. And even though Paul Ryan may be leaving, his Republican agenda is not. Most of the Republican caucus shares his ultra-conservative views on healthcare and women’s reproductive rights, and the Republican trying to replace him in WI-01, Ryan’s former legislative aide, shares those views too. We can’t allow their extreme agenda to maintain control of Congress.
I won the lottery with my mom. She raised two kids while working full time– she is my hero, my rock, and my best friend. I couldn’t imagine life without her– but so many newborns are losing their moms because of preventable complications. Becoming a mother should be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, not a near-death experience.
The United States is the only industrialized country experiencing such high rates of maternal mortality. Maternal mortality will decrease when every soon to be mother has access to high quality healthcare, and we need to help elect people like Randy to Congress who will fight for Medicare for All to make that dream a reality. Our moms deserve it.
Randy Bryce for Congress