Pa. Senate Votes For Study Of Maternal Mortality

April 28, 2018 - 11:19 pm

 HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Citing a sharp increase in the number of pregnancy-related deaths, the state Senate has sent Governor Wolf a bill that would create a panel to study the problem. 

 Just before the Senate voted on the bill, Berks County Democrat Judy Schwank said the statistics regarding maternal mortality are an “affront to the American health care system.”

“Over the span of 14 years, the United States maternal mortality rate has increased by 26 percent," she said. "It’s becoming a well-known statistic that women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world.”

The bill awaiting the governor’s signature would create a 14 member committee to study and make recommendations on ways to prevent these deaths, which currently number between 700 and 900 each year in the United States.