Pregnancy can be life-threatening for black women. SB 464 can change the equation [sacbee.com]

 

Black History Month has come and gone. It is a month that reminds us of the resilience, fortitude and strength black Americans have exhibited to stay alive and thrive in this country.

Black women in particular have borne the brunt of adverse experiences created by the nation’s racist foundations. While significant strides have been made, black women continue to suffer needlessly and disproportionately from the seeds of white supremacy that many of us continuously work to uproot.

The issue of black maternal mortality hit news cycles hard last year, prompted by tennis superstar Serena Williams’ revelation that her childbirth experience brought her near to death. Shortly after she gave birth, Williams knew – from decades of intimate knowledge about her body – that blood clots were forming. Yet she could barely get medical staff to pay attention. After demanding a CT scan and blood thinner, and after initially being ignored, she was eventually treated for life-threatening blood clots. This saved her life.

[For more on this story by HOLLY J. MITCHELL AND COURTNEY MCKINNEY, go to https://www.sacbee.com/opinion...rticle227252189.html]

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