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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, an author and a founder of MomsRising.org, released her book Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World this week. It details how women can keep cracking (and smashing) those glass ceilings. One part that caught my attention was on our country’s maternal mortality rate. Rowe-Finkbeiner shares her own experience giving birth: she hemorrhaged, a complication that can lead to death.

"I lived. But many — too many — women don’t,” she writes.

More women die in the U.S. from pregnancy-related issues than in any other developed nation in the world. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes. There are many reasons for this, from negligible care to poverty, but the big one is lack of access to good healthcare.

America’s maternal mortality rate is just another reason why we can’t stop fighting for quality reproductive care.

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