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Capps to Lead Bipartisan Women's Caucus Congressional Delegation to Represent United States at Women Deliver Conference in London
Date:10/17/2007

Delegation Will Join More Than 1500 World Leaders at Major International Conference on Combating Maternal Mortality

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congresswoman Lois Capps, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, will lead a bipartisan Congressional delegation in representing the United States at the Women Deliver Global Conference on Maternal Mortality. The delegation members, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (CA-32), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4), Congresswoman Donna Christensen (VI), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) will join more than 1500 world leaders -- including cabinet ministers, heads of United Nations and other multilateral agencies, senior government officials, health professionals, researchers, economists, and reproductive health advocates -- in a historic conference in London from October 18-20. Conference participants are meeting in an effort to reduce the 500,000 deaths that occur annually due to pregnancy and childbirth.

"I am honored that my colleagues and I will be representing our country at the Women Deliver Conference as we work with nations from around to world to address the serious issue of maternal mortality," said Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. "This is why the Women's Caucus was founded -- to be leaders on issues that affect women and children -- and I can't think of an issue that is more directly related to the wellbeing of women and children than pregnancy and childbirth. People often assume that motherhood is the most natural thing in the world and there's nothing to worry about, but clearly there's something to worry about when a woman dies every minute in childbirth. The challenges and risks of motherhood are universal. They affect every woman, yet the poor are the most vulnerable regardless of where they live. Even women in one of the richest, most powerful nations on earth
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