Take Action: Help Bring Maternal Mortality Front and Center

Take Action: one woman or girl dies every minute in pregnancy or childbirth

Why do so many women still die in pregnancy or childbirth?

Every year, more than half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth.  That’s one woman or girl who dies every minute.

Preventable maternal mortality is a violation of a woman’s most fundamental human rights, and the United States may have an opportunity to bring this issue front and center at this month’s session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).  The U.S. will participate as a member for the first time.

In March, 83 countries reaffirmed their commitment to addressing maternal mortality as a human rights issue by signing a joint statement urging the Council to take concrete and collective action on the issue. The Council now has a critical opportunity to adopt a resolution on maternal mortality and human rights at its current session, taking place June 2 – 18 in Geneva.

The United States did not sign the March statement, but it does have another opportunity to endorse it at this session and can also support the adoption of the resolution on maternal mortality.  Just last April, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the House Foreign Services Committee that, “We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women, including their right to reproductive healthcare.”  Watch the complete video here >

Now we need Secretary of State Clinton to take the next step and encourage action on maternal mortality at the HRC. Please join us by sending her a letter today!

How do I send a letter?

It's easy! Just copy the comments that the Center for Reproductive Rights has drafted for you below and paste them here >

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Subject Line: Support Resolution on Maternal Mortality at the UN Human Rights Council


Dear Secretary of State Clinton,

As you are well aware, more than half a million women and girls die every year due to causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Maternal mortality is not only a public health problem, it is a deprivation of women’s basic human rights.
On March 16th 2009, 85 governments delivered a joint statement before the UN Human Rights Council reaffirming their commitment to addressing maternal mortality as a human rights issue.  The Council now has a critical opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to women’s lives by adopting a resolution on maternal mortality.  

I am joining the Center for Reproductive Rights as it requests that you endorse the March statement and support the adoption of a resolution on maternal mortality at the June 2009 session of the Human Rights Council.  Such a resolution is vital to stemming the tragic and unnecessary loss of women’s lives.

Thank you for your time and attention to this critical issue.

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