Just received this from our Executive Director, Sheila Capestany:
Please read this. While Open Arms is working hard to ensure that women get the support they need before, during and in the weeks following the birth of their babies, we all have to start looking at systemic change in this country.
And, on top of the appalling lack of care cited by Amnesty International, the 2008 Report on Injury and Violence Prevention for Maternal and Child Health states “homicide is a leading cause of death in pregnant and postpartum women in the United States.” A leading cause of death for pregnant women in the United States is PEOPLE KILLING THEM. This is profoundly unacceptable and deeply offends our humanity.