(Ohio) – The Black Maternal Health Caucus was announced last week on the same day Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat.State Reps. Janine Boyd and Stephanie Howse, both Cleveland-area Democrats, are leading the caucus effort. The group is coming together to focus on improving health outcomes of African-American mothers and babies.
Officials explain that if legislators are serious about addressing death rates among new mothers and babies under one, they must focus on black communities. Ohio’s maternal mortality rates are two to three times greater among black mothers than among white mothers.