US Sen. Sherrod Brown introduces legislation to enhance awareness of infant deaths

BOARDMAN — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said he is optimistic that legislation he and other co-sponsors have proposed to standardize the gathering of information on sudden unexpected infant deaths will become law by the end of the year.

Speaking today at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Brown, D-Ohio, said he is not aware of any opposition to the bipartisan “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act” that he introduced with U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and is supported by more than 20 local, state, and national organizations.

Ohio’s black infant-mortality rate is worst in the nation, and the state ranks 48 out of 50 for all infant deaths.

Brown said standardization of data gathering will enable doctors and researchers to betters understand the causes of stillbirths and sudden unexpected infant deaths.

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