From Richard May…
Contact your congressperson today about US House and Senate bills addressing stillbirth, sudden unexpected infant death, and children’s health
Dear Grieving Family Members Who Have Lost an Infant,
A U.S. Senate and House bill addressing stillbirth deaths, sudden unexpected infant death and children’s health is the most powerful awareness our issues have seen. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. asks all MISS members help to generate as many Congressional Legislative Co-sponsors as possible. The more co-sponsors, the more chance of passage.
Please contact your U.S. Senators requesting co-sponsorship and passage of – S. 1445.
Please contact your U.S. House of Representative requesting co-sponsorship and passage of – H.R. 3212.
To find out who your Representative and Senators are, please see:
HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
CALL your 2 U.S. Senators D.C. offices, ask for the staff member who deals with Health issues. Ask the “Health Issues” staff member for the Senator’s co-sponsorship of S. 1445 to prevent SUID, SUDC and stillbirths. Tell your personal story. Tell them what the bill would do. Ask for the Senator’s co-sponsorship. Ask for their e-mail so they have it in writing then immediately e-mail them. Then follow up in two weeks.
CALL your 1 U.S. House of Representative D.C. office, ask for the staff member who deals with Health issues. Ask the “Health Issues” staff member for the Senator’s co-sponsorship of H.R. 3212 to prevent SUID, SUDC and stillbirths. Tell your personal story. Tell them what the bill would do. Ask for the Senator’s co-sponsorship. Ask for their e-mail so they have it in writing then immediately e-mail them. Follow up in two weeks.
To find out who your U.S. House of Representative, U.S. Senator and tips on how to communicate with your Congressperson go to http://preventstillbirth.wordpress.com.
HERE’S WHAT THE LEGISLATION WOULD DO:
Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for: (1) improving state comprehensive death scene investigations for sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) and sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC); and(2) increasing the rate of comprehensive and standardized autopsies for such deaths.
To develop national guidelines for a standard autopsy protocol for such deaths; and (2) commission a study on the benefits and appropriateness of genetic testing for infant and early childhood deaths that remain unexplained after investigation and autopsy.
To award grants for death scene investigation training; (2) establish a population-based case registry for SUID and SUDC deaths; (3) conduct a needs assessment for investigations and determinations of such deaths; and (4) develop public education and prevention programs to reduce stillbirths and address the racial and ethnic disparities in occurrence.
To award grants for death review programs and prevention strategies; (2) establish a public health awareness and education campaign on SUID and SUDC; and (3) award grants for support services to families who have experienced SUID, SUDC, or stillbirth.
Provides for surveillance and data collection on stillbirths and to establish a task force to develop a national research plan to determine the causes of, and how to prevent, stillbirths.