Congressman Cohen Celebrates Mother’s Day
WASHINGTON – Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day. In recognition of the holiday, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) released the following statement:
“I lost my mother in 2010 but miss her and think of her every day. For those who still have their mothers, value every moment you have with them. A mother is irreplaceable and too soon you’ll know it.
“While we all think about our mothers and all they have done for us, it is important that we also think of the many mothers who need our help. Shelby County has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. For every 1,000 children born in the United States, more than six die before their first birthdays. In Shelby County, that rate is almost 11 out of 1,000. That puts us behind other developed countries such as Britain and Japan.
“Memphis’ infant mortality rate has been a sharp focus of my attention in Washington. I have introduced the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies through Outreach and Research Now (NEWBORN) Act in the past to create pilot programs to educate at-risk mothers. I am the co-sponsor of several pending bills aimed at reducing infant mortality and one introduced on Thursday – the Ending Maternal Mortality Act – intended to address the nation’s high maternal mortality rate.
“As we remember our mothers this weekend, let’s think of the efforts that must be made to make the boundless joys of motherhood more widespread.”