Richardson’s bill to protect new mothers signed into law

Originally published in The Caribbean Life News on January 29, 2020.

Brooklyn Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson says that her bill ensuring pregnant women and new mothers are provided with information about issues and complications that could lead to maternal mortality has been signed into law.

“The journey to motherhood should be an exciting and joyous time in a woman’s life; but, all too often, it ends in tragedy,” said Richardson, who represents the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn.

“It is absolutely shameful that, in one of the most medically-advanced nations in the world, we continue to see women lose their lives during pregnancy or from childbirth,” added the daughter of Aruban and St. Martin immigrants. “This new law will ensure every woman in New York is given information about complications that may seem harmless but could put their lives at risk, so we can keep more women safe.”

This new law will empower mothers with vital information so that they can make informed medical decisions and advocate for themselves. It is appalling to see such deep racial disparities in maternal mortality rates, especially in New York City” said Senate bill sponsor Sen. Velmanette Montgomery. 

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