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Amnesty International Urges Congress to Turn Attention to Needed Reforms on Maternal and Childbirth Care
Date:3/22/2010

hortages of health care professionals, especially in medically underserved rural areas and inner cities, and vigorous enforcement of federal discrimination laws, among others. The report found glaring gaps in care especially among women of color, immigrants, women living in poverty, Native Americans and women who speak little or no English. For example, black women are nearly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women are. There has been no improvement in the rate of maternal deaths for more than 20 years in the United States.

Cox praised elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while noting that the United States still has a long way to go toward recognizing and treating health as a human right.

Cox said: "Aspects of the legislation are historic steps forward for the United States, ushering in vitally needed measures to expand Medicaid, increase funding for community health centers and curb some of the more egregious practices of the insurance industry. But the bill falls short of guaranteeing universal care. According to government projections, more than 20 million people will continue to be uninsured and many immigrants will be categorically excluded from most benefits.

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