Moms Support Speedy Passage of the Duckworth/Underwood DEMAND Act
“America’s moms applaud the introduction of the DEMAND (Delivering Essentials to Mothers Amid Natural Disasters) Act in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today and commend U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Illinois) for championing this vitally important legislation.
“Natural disasters such as floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes are more and more common in our country, and we need to do all we can to ensure that new moms and their babies have the support they need when these disasters occur. The DEMAND Act directs FEMA to develop clear guidance for supporting parents and babies. It will help close gaps in emergency assistance, result in better support for pregnant and breastfeeding people affected by disasters, and help nursing mothers who choose to do so continue breastfeeding their babies. Specifically, it will make breast pumps and other lactation supplies, and lactation support specialists and educators, eligible for financial assistance.
“The need for this legislation is urgent. Maternal and infant health are a public health emergency in this country, with Black and Indigenous moms facing much higher rates of maternal mortality. In fact, Black women’s maternal mortality rate is four times that of white women. Similarly, people of color and low-income people are disproportionately affected by natural and climate disasters. Improving maternal and infant health outcomes and ending health disparities should be a priority for every lawmaker. We urge leaders in both chambers of Congress to prioritize passage of the DEMAND Act, and every lawmaker to support it. And we urge Congress to pass the Momnibus Act this year.”