Rep. Cephas to testify on maternal mortality at Philadelphia City Council public hearing Oct. 15

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9 – Rep. Morgan Cephas, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Subcommittee on Women and Girls, co-chair of the House Women’s Health Caucus, and advocate for improving maternal mortality rates across Pennsylvania will testify during a public hearing on maternal mortality before Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

“Far too many women in the United States are dying during and after childbirth, sometimes well after giving birth,” Cephas said. “Women of color, regardless of their income and education levels, are at an even greater risk than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications. While the death of any mother is a tragedy, the fact that many of these deaths are preventable is an absolute travesty. That is why we must take every step possible to save every life we can. That is why I am continuing to be a voice in this conversation, and I appreciate my colleagues at the local level for taking the time to elevate the issue. Thank you to Councilmember Cindy Bass for bringing this issue to fellow members.” 

The hearing will take place at 2 p.m. at City Council Chambers, City Hall Room 404, in front of the City Council Committee on Health and Human Services.

Cephas, who also serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Women, will join area health practitioners, advocates and community members to testify about the issue of maternal mortality, sharing her legislative and state-level efforts to address the issue.