Maternal Health

South Carolina Bill Introduced That Would Compensate Pregnant People Forced to Give Birth

South Carolina state Senator Mia McLeod has introduced a bill called the South Carolina Pro Birth Accountability Act, or SB 928, that would compel the state to provide financial support to pregnant people forced to give birth due to the state’s proposed ban on abortion after six weeks. The legislation would mandate that the state...

Ohio Bill Requires Doctors to Reimplant Ectopic Pregnancies

A new Ohio bill requires doctors to reimplant ectopic pregnancies in the uterus, in an attempt to save the pregnancy. House Bill 413 was introduced in the Republican-controlled legislature in November by Representatives Candice Keller and Ron Hood. The 700-page bill defines a fertilized egg as an “unborn child” and outlaws abortions unless the mother’s...

Pete Buttigieg Releases Plan to Boost Women’s Economic, Social and Political Empowerment

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled a 26-page agenda focused entirely on women’s rights Thursday, one of the most detailed plans focused on women so far in the Democratic primary. The Indiana mayor’s agenda promises to close the gender pay and wealth gaps by guaranteeing equal pay for equal work while also addressing the ways...

French Lawmakers Approve IVF for Single and Gay Women

France’s lower house of Parliament approved a controversial draft of a bioethics law Friday allowing single women and lesbian couples to use medically assisted reproduction methods, but it still needs to make it through France’s upper house. The bill, which would allow women who are not in heterosexual relationships or single to access IVF treatment...

New Study Finds Pollution from Carbon Emissions Found in Placentas Could be Harmful to Fetuses

A new study reveals that black carbon, a result of air pollution, can be found in mother’s placenta, posing a potential health risk to unborn babies. The study examined the placentas of 25 non-smoking women who gave birth in Belgium. Researchers studied the side of the placenta previously facing the fetus and found black carbon...

Pregnant Migrant Woman Had Labor Stopped By American Doctors, Taken Back to Mexico By U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

An eight-and-a-half month pregnant migrant woman travelling from El Salvador was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande, and while the anonymous woman began experiencing labor contractions U.S. border agents took her to a hospital where American doctors gave her medications that would stop her labor and was quickly sent...

Statement From FMF President Eleanor Smeal on Planned Parenthood’s Withdrawal From Title X

A statement on Planned Parenthood’s impending withdrawal from Title X from Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation: “Today is a giant step backwards for reproductive justice, human rights, and the American medical community. The Trump-Pence domestic ‘gag rule’ prevents people who experience pregnancy from receiving full and accurate health information from their doctors,...

Planned Parenthood Announces Impending Withdrawal from Title X Program

Planned Parenthood says that it will withdraw from Title X just days from now unless a federal court intervenes to save their Title X funding. Due to the Trump administration’s “domestic gag” rule Title X recipients are prevented from performing, counseling, or referring patients to abortion services and providers, primarily affecting low-income patients seeking family...

Activists Observe Inaugural Black Maternal Health Week

On April 11, the Black Mama’s Matter Alliance launched the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week  (April 11-17) to promote awareness about the high mortality rate for Black mothers in the United States. According to the Black Mama’s Matter Alliance, the events of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week “serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas...

Maternal Mortality Rates are Rising in the United States

The United States saw a dramatic 27 percent jump in the maternal death rate from 19 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 24 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014. In 2015, the rate once again went up to 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, and it is black women who are three...

Black Mamas Matter Alliance Briefs on Black Maternal Health

Despite the fact that global maternal mortality rates have fallen by over a third since 2000, death rates for pregnant women in the United States are on the rise.

Time to Pass Zika Funding is Running Out as Testing Backlog Grows

It’s been more than six months since President Obama called on Congress to pass a $1.9 billion emergency Zika funding bill, but they have yet to appropriate any money towards the public health epidemic that has now infected at least 21,000 individuals in the US and its territories, 1,800 of whom are pregnant.

Lawmakers Push for Zika Funding Bill that Protects Family Planning

Yesterday, the Senate blocked the House’s inadequate Zika response bill that would cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Texas Maternal Death Rate Doubles in Wake of Family Planning Funding Cuts

Maternal mortality rates in Texas almost doubled between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

President Reallocates Funding in Wake of Zika Crisis

In the wake of Congress’ refusal to pass a Zika funding bill before their five-week August recess, President Obama announced last week the administration’s intent to reallocate $81 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the Zika virus.

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

The theme of this year’s World Population Day, a United Nations initiative to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, is “Investing in Teenage Girls.”

SCOTUS Saves Sole Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the sole abortion clinic left standing in Mississippi, won a major Supreme Court victory Tuesday after the Court declined to hear Mississippi’s appeal to enforce a state law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors performing abortions, similar to the Texas law the Court struck down on Monday.

New NY Law Permits Pregnant Women to Enroll in Health Care Plans At Any Time

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new bill into law allowing pregnant women to gain access to health care at any time, eliminating the previous requirement that they wait for open enrollment periods to purchase health insurance.

UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990.
Research Shows Cost of Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries

Research Shows Cost of Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries

Up to 7 million women per year require treatment for complications from unsafe abortions in developing countries, new research shows.