Legislative Advocacy

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Please join us in legislative advocacy!

Check below for current legislation efforts and instructions to write or call your representatives! Volunteer to help improve your state!

Together, we can make a difference because #YourVoiceMatters.

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Together, we can create change.

Stillbirth happens. When it does, families have little institutional or governmental support in managing the trauma and grief - and there's even less going into preventing stillbirths from happening. As a result, families often miss impactful information to help them advocate for themselves, and if the worst has happened, navigate this most difficult of situations.

Most states are able to issue a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth (CBRS). These are commemorative and serve to acknowledge and legitimize the life of a stillborn baby. However, many providers do not know that they are available. A few states even offer a Stillbirth Tax Credit, allowing families to take a one-time credit (or deduction) in the year of their child's stillbirth. But since there is so little awareness, many families never receive this support.

We believe every state should offer CBRS and tax credits. At the national level, tax credits and bereavement and family leave should be available. And to improve prevention efforts, we also want to push for stillbirth research centers, better mandated recording of stillbirths, and amended state health laws that include education on stillbirths. In the meantime, we want to make sure families and providers know what legislation is currently in progress and in effect.

Contact your representatives

Check this page for current legislative efforts that you can support with a call, email, or social media post!

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SHINE for Autumn Act - H.R. 5487 (National)

In November 2021, legislators in the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill (H.R.5487) that aims to lower the stillbirth rate in America. In March 2022, it was introduced in the Senate by Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). We need your help NOW to get this historic legislation passed!

We don't need to tell you just how important this is. Check out this brief summary from Mom Congress for an overview of how the SHINE for Autumn Act will help families obtain critical information to save babies' lives, and watch the Congressional Briefing for more details. In short, the SHINE Act would:

  1. Provide needed resources not available today to the CDC, NIH, and states to standardize and improve stillbirth data collection and invest in research so we can better understand stillbirth in the United States, with the goal of lowering the U.S. stillbirth rate

  2. Develop, and make publicly available, educational awareness materials on stillbirth to increase education and awareness around the issue of stillbirth to prevent it when possible

  3. Train additional Perinatal Pathologists to address the shortage of qualified experts in the US to investigate the causes of stillbirth (a critical hurdle to improving research)

  4. Requests dedicated, timely reporting from the Surgeon General and HHS Secretary

These are the first crucial steps to mobilizing our nation around stillbirth prevention, and we are hopeful that the SHINE Act will, for the first time, establish a true federal & state partnership to end preventable stillbirth in the US.

WE NEED YOUR HELP - the work is not done! The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan majority support in the House, but now we need to get the bill passed in the Senate. How we do make this happen?

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Step 2)

Tweet your U.S. Senators and ask them to support the SHINE for Autumn Act. Here are some tweets you can copy and personalize!

  • Every year nearly 23,500 babies are stillborn. We CAN and MUST do better to protect our moms and babies! @Memberaccount, please help us SHINE a light on this maternal and family health issue by co-sponsoring the #SHINEforAutumnAct (S.3972) #SHINEforStillbirth

  • Losing tens of thousands of babies every year to stillbirth should not be acceptable. Now is the time to take a step forward towards ending preventable stillbirth. @Memberaccount, please join us by co-sponsoring the #SHINEforAutumnAct (S.3972) #SHINEforStillbirth

  • @Memberaccount Stillbirths occur to women of all races, ethnicities, income levels, and ages. However, there are longstanding racial and ethnic disparities with Black and Native American families experiencing stillbirths at two times the rate of their White counterparts. #SHINEforAutumnAct (S.3972) #SHINEforStillbirth

Step 4)

Share your Story

Send stories of Stillbirth Losses to Debbie Haine

debbie@dlh-associates.com

Missed the Virtual Briefing? Watch the Recording NOW!

Learn more about how the SHINE for Autumn Act will raise the volume on ending the stillbirth epidemic and addressing the racial disparities in birth outcomes.

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4 Steps to Support the SHINE for Autumn Act

Step 1)

Visit stillbirthstories.com and Ask your Senators to Co-Sponsor the SHINE for Autumn Act.

This takes 2 minutes and it makes a HUGE difference. Senators want to hear from their constituents

Step 3)

SHARE!

Call on your community to bring stillbirth out of the shadows!

The following Senators are members of the HELP Committee where the SHINE Act currently sits. It is imperative that we show the members of this committee that their constituents want them to approve the SHINE Act. 

Vermont- Senator Sanders

Maine- Senator Murkowski

Louisiana- Senator Cassidy

Wisconsin- Senator Baldwin

Alaska- Senator Murkowski

Connecticut- Senator Murphy

Virginia- Senator Kaine

NH- Senator Hassan

Kansas- Senators Moran and Marshall (both your Senators sit on this Committee!)

Minnesota- Senator Smith

South Carolina- Senator Scott

Nevada- Senator Rosen

Utah- Senator Romney

Alabama- Senator Tuberville

New Mexico- Senator Lujan

Colorado- Senator Hickenlooper

IS YOUR SENATOR ON THE LIST?

 

CALL & EMAIL THEM! Form letter  available here - Don't know your reps? Find them here.

It's quick & easy, promise! Watch our PUSH Executive Director call hers in just 2 min!

RALLY SUPPORT by telling your friends on social media who you're SHINE-ing for! Ask them to call their reps in support as well!

#SHINEforStillbirth #LetItSHINE #UnitedWePush

 

Maternal and Child Stillbirth Prevention Act

Amendments to Title V (H.R. 7011)

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THE MORE YOU KNOW

This March, Congresswoman Alma Adams, Ph.D. introduced the “Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act of 2022.” We at PUSH are proud to endorse this bipartisan Act (H.R. 7011) which will amend Title V, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant of the Social Security Act. This provides funding to support the well-being of mothers, children, and their families. The Maternal and Child Health Stillbirth Prevention Act of 2022 will clarify that stillbirth prevention activities are an allowable use of funds under Title V to encourage more states to prioritize stillbirth prevention programs.

Original Co-sponsors: Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)., Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04), Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-02), Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), Rep. Terri A. Sewell (AL-07), Rep. Thomas Suozzi (NY-03), Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20), Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Rep. Nikema Williams (GA-05).

>>> Is your rep on this list? Thank them! Keep reading for more info & sample call/email script >>>

Endorsements: 1st Breath, 2 Degrees Foundation, 2020 Mom, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Every Mother Counts, Healthy Birth Day, March of Dimes, Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, Measure the Placenta, Mom Congress, Moms Rising Together, Star Legacy Foundation, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit-Yale School of Medicine, Return to Zero: HOPE, PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy

We Need Your Help!

We need to let Congress know that stillbirth is a crisis, that it *IS* preventable, and that it is time for change!

Here is how you can help:

  • Call your Representative - find their contact info here

  • Ask them to vote YES on the Maternal and Child Stillbirth Prevention Act of 2022 (H.R. 7011)

  • Ask them to Co-Sponsor the bill

  • See our Sample Script below for more!

  • Ask your friends & family to email their reps!

  • Share your experience at StillbirthStories.com to raise awareness!

Stay tuned for updates on the Title V  Maternal & Child #StillbirthPreventionAction2022 here and @pushpregnancy on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

Sample Script

My name is            and I live in    City/State   . I am calling to request that Representative             would vote YES on the Maternal and Child Stillbirth Prevention Act H.R 7011 that provides amendments to Title V. I would also like to ask if they would consider co-sponsoring this bi-partisan bill. 

Share your story and how stillbirth has impacted you here 

Each year 23,000 babies are stillborn. That is one school bus full of children every day. At least half of these deaths are preventable. 

Allocating funding for stillbirth prevention - and ensuring states know that stillbirth prevention is a priority - is the first step to ensuring that families are spared from a devastating tragedy.

Thank you for considering this important Act and a better future for American families.

 

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Tax Credit

THE MORE YOU KNOW

An Income Tax Credit would provide much needed financial support and acknowledgment for families experiencing a very real heartache after the death of their child.

 

Stillbirth is devastating in every way. Not only do parents leave the hospital with a lifetime of grief, they are also saddled with unexpected costs such as burial, autopsy, testing, and mental health support. We cannot take away their pain, but we can ease the financial burden by passing this bipartisan legislation.

Did you know that a baby who dies immediately after birth - even if they were born too young to survive (e.g. 16 weeks gestation) - is "counted" as having lived and died and afforded all the same rights (birth & death certificate, can be counted as a dependent on tax filing, etc.), whereas a baby who is born still - even one who dies well into the third trimester - does not "count" according to most state laws? Families of stillborn babies do not receive a birth/death certificate (only a Fetal Death Certificate and/or in some states Certificate of Still Birth) and CANNOT be claimed as a dependent, even though their parents have already set up a nursery, stocked up on diapers and clothes, and maybe even bought a new car or house to accommodate their growing family. How is this fair?

Stillborn babies are loved and wanted. Stillbirth #StillCounts. Stillbirth is not the loss of a pregnancy; it's the death of a child. It's time our laws reflect that.

#UnitedWePUSH #BetheChange #YourVoiceMatters #StillbirthTaxCredit

We are supporting Stillbirth Tax Credit Bills throughout the US!

By supporting these bills we are telling State Legislatures that stillbirth matters!

 

Here you can find updated information about the bills along with Action Steps for how to help.

WRITE or CALL your delegates and let them know you want these bills to pass! SHARE with friends, family, co-workers, OBGYN/MFM practices, and anyone who may be willing to lend their voice to our cause!

Write and speak from the heart, and share your personal stories. Bring your unique voice to the fight. (If you need a starting point, check out the sample letter below!

About the bills listed below:

  • Look for a bill in your state

  • "SB" means the bill is starting in the State Senate

  • "HB" means it is in the House (AKA General Assembly)

  • Bills are designated to specific committees and if approved they "cross over" to the other legislature. If passed in both they are sent to the Governor for their signature.

Sample Letter/Call Script

Dear Senator or Representative                   , 

My name is              and I live in your district. I am a supporter of   (bill number)   to establish a credit against the personal income tax for parents who experience the birth of a stillborn child.

Share your story and how stillbirth has impacted you here 

 

Losing a child brings a grief that lasts a lifetime and though no amount of money can bring them back, this tax credit can soften their pain. These funds are critical to help parents cover expenses such as: burial, genetic testing, and mental health services. And importantly, this legislation will send a meaningful message to affected families that their babies' lives matter and they too are parents. 

Sincerely,

Your Name, City, Zip 

 
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AB 1697 - California

Establishes a one time credit of $2,000 to families who have experienced stillbirth

Needs Democratic Support

Sponsored by Representative Patterson

Hearing Scheduled! March 21st at 2:30 pm PST

Action Steps

1. Submit a letter of support to the members of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation here

Click "Submit Position Letter"

2. Email your representatives and ask them to support AB 1697 Find your representative here

Enter your information then click on your Assembly-member. Email using their "Contact Me" link

3. Share with contacts in CA!!

SB 408-Maryland

State Senator Sarah K. Elfreth has Sponsored a Stillbirth Tax Credit Bill in Maryland!

 

Establishes a one time credit of $1,000 to families who have experienced stillbirth.

Appointed to Budget and Taxation Committee

Action Steps

1. Call and Email your Senator and ask them to support S.B. 408 Find your Senator here.

2. Email members of the Budget and Taxation Committee. Find members here

3. Share with your friends and family in Maryland!

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SB 1123 - Missouri

Proposed by one of our PUSH Changemakers!

 

Establishes a one time credit of $2,000 to families who have experienced stillbirth.

Sponsored by Senator Lauren Author MO District 17

 

Awaiting Committee 

Action Steps

1. Call and Email your Senator and ask them to support S.B. 1123 Find your Senator here.

2. Check back for updates. Send emails once S.B.1123 goes to Committee.

3. Share with your friends and family in Missouri!

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HB 5103 - Connecticut

Establishes a one time credit of $2,500 to families who have experienced stillbirth

Has received massive Bi-Partisan support.

Sponsored by Representative Aimee Beger-Giravlo

Hearing Scheduled!! March 3rd at 9:30 am 

Action Steps

1. Email members of the Finance Review and Bonding Committee here

Click on "Committee Membership" then right click on the member's name to copy their email address. 

2. Let us know if you would like to testify! You must sign up to speak by 3pm on March 2nd. Email allie@pushpregnancy.org if you would like to share your story in the public hearing.

 

3. Email your representatives and ask them to support H.B. 5103 Find your representative here

Find your town and click on the Representative, this will direct you to their website where you can find their contact info 

4. Share with contacts in CT!

SB 2184 - New York

Proposed by several PUSH Changemakers!

Establishes a one time refundable credit of $2,500 to families who have experienced stillbirth. Info Sheet (PDF)

Active in both Houses: S2184/A6366

Sponsored by Senator Shelly Mayer & Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte

In Budget & Revenue Committee

Action Steps

1. Call and Email your Senator and  Assembly Member ask them to support S2184/A6366. Find your Senator here and Assemblymember here.

2. Extra credit! Call and Email the members of the Budget & Revenue Committee and ask them to add S2184 to their next committee agenda.

3. Check back for updates. Share with your friends and family in New York!

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Let's demand it.

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Weekend of
Oct 15th 2022

Washington, DC

Picture it: 23,000 empty strollers, parading past the steps of Congress - one for every child lost in the past year. Join us.

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Bereavement Leave (National)

If your child dies - due to stillbirth or any other cause - you can be fired the next day for not showing up for work. 16 US Senators are currently writing the bill to fix this. They need to hear your stories of pregnancy and infant loss to understand why bereavement leave is so important! Evermore has asked us to CALL each of these reps and sign the petition.

 

Full instructions, contact info, and petition here: https://live-evermore.org/protect-our-jobs-congress/

#UnitedWePush #BeTheChange

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And we need your voice

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Hey, Amici!

No one should lose their Constitutional rights because they are pregnant, capable of pregnancy, or because of any pregnancy outcome, including birth, pregnancy loss, or abortion.

 

That’s why we're proud to join @NationalAdvocatesforPregnantWomen and other organizations asking The U.S. Supreme Court not to uphold Mississippi's abortion ban or overturn Roe v. Wade, and with it, nearly 50 years of precedent. Read our amicus brief.

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