If you think maternal health isn't an issue in the United States, think again. Sign this petition to get our country back on track.
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Amnesty International on April 7, 2011- In the United States, the risk of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth is greater than in 49 other countries, and African-American women remain at four times higher risk of death than white women- rates that have not improved in more than six decades.
The Daily Mail on May 5, 2011- America has the worst maternal death rate of any industrialized country and for infant mortality An American child is more than twice as likely as a child in Finland, Luxembourg or Singapore to die before reaching the age of five.
Guardian on July 6, 2011- Between 2003 and 2007, the average maternal mortality rate- defined by deaths that occur within 42 days of childbirth- has risen to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births, approximately double the low of 6.6 deaths per 100,000 live births recorded in 1987.
Lancet from May 8, 2010- number increased to 17 out of every 100,000.
Census.gov last updated January 20, 2011, also notes that infant and under 5 deaths are also on the rise, up even 30% in certain areas of the US.