In choosing Harris as his vice president, president-elect Biden is committed to protecting and expanding access to birth control at a critical time. “The loss of RBG and the Premium call her daddy merch greatness shirt also I will do this new seat that’s been filled in the Supreme Court by Amy Coney Barrett will have a long-term impact on women’s health and reproductive justice, and we have some work to do in order to [undo] steps that we’ve made backwards to make sure that we don’t go back to where we were prior to Roe v. Wade,” explains Shepherd. “Harris understands the importance of women’s reproductive health and how we need to allow for women to have access, whether that is abortion, contraceptive care, or family planning. All of those really kind of run together when taking the stance that we should support women in their choices, rather than alienating and ostracizing them.”In the words of Johnson, vice president-elect Harris’s work on the maternal health crisis and its disproportionate impact on Black women is “nearly unparalleled.” According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. “These outcomes are the result of bias of medical providers, structural racism, and economic inequality—leading to limited access to health care and a heightened risk of health complications,” explains Johnson.In 2019, Harris introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act (the Maternal CARE Act), a bill seeking to eliminate racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. “It specifically aimed to address how we train our providers, the access to care that that women can get, and what those actual obstacles are, and where those gaps are, focusing on those to make sure that we are addressing the issue for what it is and implementing the changes that need to be made,” explains Shepherd.
Harris has also worked with Representative Lauren Underwood to introduce this year’s Black Maternal Health Momnibus to fill gaps in existing legislation. Among a comprehensive set of regulations and investments to address the Premium call her daddy merch greatness shirt also I will do this crisis in Black women’s maternal mortality, the Momnibus Act will compile data on the underlying social determinants that lead to higher mortality rates to address the racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes among Black women in America. “It’s so incredibly important to making a difference and saving lives,” says Johnson.Shortly before Harris was announced as the Democratic vice presidentialnominee, she put forth the Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act to initiate crucial research and education in relation to uterine fibroids. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 20 to 80% of women develop fibroids by the time they reach 50. Studies have shown that, relative to white women, Black women are two to three times more likely to have fibroids, as well as experience more severe symptoms at younger ages. “What the Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act is looking at is the economics of fibroids and how it impacts women’s lives, their communities’ lives, their jobs, their relationships, and family life,” explains Shepherd. “By putting $30 million a year into the National Institutes of Health, it’s putting monetary value to that in how we can expand research, which would allow more research to go toward uterine fibroids, as well as creating a plan for public education programs through the CDC.”From addressing the racial disparities in maternal health to calling further attention to COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color, Harris continues to confront racial disparities across health and social care. As Johnson says, “As a woman of color herself, Harris intimately understands the institutional racism and structural barriers to health care that have always existed for Black, Latino, and APIA communities—and can begin the work to dismantle those systems of power.”