On August 1, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that created a maternal mortality review board.
According to the Albany Times Union, Bill S.1819-Rivera/A.3276-Joyner implements a recommendation made by a task force that studied maternal deaths in New York. The maternal mortality review board will be responsible for studying each death that occurs during childbirth in New York and recommending steps that might be taken to facilitate maternal health. Reports indicate that in 2016, New York ranked only 30th in the country for its maternal mortality rate. Furthermore, State of Politics reports that the United States has a high rate of maternal mortality compared to other developed nations, and that black women are much more likely to die in childbirth than white women. The law took effect immediately, and the board—which consists of healthcare professionals and “representatives of women with disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality”—is required to meet twice per year.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is pleased at the enactment of the maternal mortality review board bill. It is hoped that further study of maternal mortality will yield useful information that saves lives. However, we can’t help but wish that Gov. Cuomo’s desire to protect human life applied just as strongly to unborn babies as it does to women in childbirth. Friends, let’s keep praying.