• Collins and Flowers’ plan to fight maternal and infant mortality signed into law

    Mother and childSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the remaining pieces of legislation in a plan by her and State Rep. Mary Flowers to reduce rising infant and maternal mortality rates:

    “It’s fitting that this action comes the day after Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and mere days before Women’s Equality Day, because this is another stark reminder of how systemic bias harms not only women, but the many lives that a woman’s life touches,” Collins said. “When women of color’s medical concerns are ignored, their families pay the price.”

  • Collins passes first parts of plan to fight rising maternal and infant mortality rates

    collins maternal 051719SPRINGFIELD– In response to the alarming trend of rising maternal mortality rates, State Senator Jacqueline Collins oversaw the passage today of the first two components of a wide-ranging legislative plan to improve pregnancy and postpartum care for Illinois mothers.

    “As grim as the outlook for all mothers in our country looks today, it is even worse for women of color,” Collins said Friday as the Illinois Senate passed two of the legislative package’s bills. “A woman is never second-guessed as often as during motherhood, and yet this concern seems chiefly to have resulted in an environment where women are not believed, their wishes not respected, and their wellbeing not prioritized. This legislation’s aim is to give women power over their own care and to create a data-driven plan to provide women of color in particular the meaningful support before, during and after pregnancy that they are being denied.”