American parents want to thank Sens Obama and McCain and ask your leadership again

Posted on September 12, 2008

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Dear Sens. McCain and Obama,

Prove your campaign pledge as parents do not have a lobbyist representing them and grieving parents are not a special interest therefore the stillbirth issue has been ignored. Reach across the party aisle and help the American family as both of you have promised.

In 2002, Sen. McCain helped secure $3 million in stillbirth research funding for the number-one child killer in America. McCain helped fund the first significant research regarding stillbirth deaths that account for 25,000 – 30,000 deaths per year in which half are unexplained.

In 2008, Sen. Obama introduced S. 3142 – the Preventing Stillbirth and SUID Act of 2008. S. 3142 is the first significant congressional legislation addressing stillbirth deaths that would establish a protocol, registry, database, education and funding necessary to address the number-one child killer in America.

Both Obama and McCain show true leadership in a health crisis that most lawmakers have ignored for decades. Both McCain and Obama are running for president under the mantle of reaching across party aisles to help American families. Preventing stillbirth deaths that destroy families is an issue that both candidates agree and have shown tremendous leadership. So, American families would like to ask Obama and McCain to further address stillbirth deaths and prove that you are true leaders as your campaigns promote.

1. Sen. McCain, please co-sponsor S. 3142 and help Sen. Obama pass the Preventing Stillbirth and SUID Act of 2008 into law.

2. Sen. Obama support further stillbirth research Sen. McCain supported as the appropriations and research are completed and the funds to follow-up stillbirth research are now needed through the National Institute of Child Health Development under the National Institute of Health.

3. Make sure the appropriations are under the existing NIH appropriations so taxpayers are not burdened but that parents are made a priority by addressing the number-one child killer in America.

Stillbirth deaths account for 10X the number deaths than SIDS yet have been virtually ignored. The death of a child is the most devastating event a family can ever face and a health crisis that both McCain and Obama want to address. Prove your campaign pledge as parents do not have a lobbyist representing them and grieving parents are not a special interest therefore the stillbirth issue has been ignored. If we, as parents and lawmakers, can help future stillbirths then we can prevent the tremendous grief and tragedy these deaths inflict on families and you will prove your campaign promise to work together for the American family.

We hope you respond. Thank you again from the millions of grieving families and for all the future families in America.

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