Mothers are increasingly dying of pregnancy-related causes in the United States, and black mothers have it worst. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, California Senator Kamala Harris introduced a maternal mortality bill to address the problem. Her legislation would confront the implicit racial bias in the medical community that appears to be at least partially responsible for increasing the disparity between the death rates of black and white mothers.
“Health equity for Black women can only happen if we recognize and address persistent biases in our health system,” Harris said in a press release from her office obtained by Bustle. “This bill is a step towards ensuring that all women have access to culturally competent, holistic care, and to address the implicit biases in our system.”