MIL-OSI USA: Hinson’s Stillbirth Prevention Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01)

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Hinson (IA-02) released the statement below urging President Biden to sign her Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act into law following Senate passage of the bipartisan, bicameral legislation. Hinson introduced the bill in July 2023 alongside Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12) and the bill passed the House in May 2024. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

“We are one step closer to preventing stillbirths and helping more women have healthy pregnancies and babies! I am so excited the Senate passed my Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act, and I hope President Biden will sign this bipartisan, pro-life legislation into law soon. I am grateful to everyone who has advocated for this vital legislation, and we will continue our work to support expecting mothers and their babies.”  – Congresswoman Ashley Hinson 

Stillbirth is the unexpected loss of a child after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Over 21,000 babies are stillborn in the U.S. every year, and nearly one in four stillbirths are preventable. In the last two decades, the stillbirth rate in the United States declined by a negligible 0.4 percent. In a report published by the World Health Organization comparing progress in improving stillbirth rates, the United States ranked 183 out of 195 countries.

The Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act amends Title V, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant of the Social Security Act, to clarify that stillbirth prevention activities and research are an allowable use of funds. This clarification will support stillbirth prevention activities, saving the lives of mothers and babies.