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VP Harris on Daunte Wright, Black mom mortality

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Vice President Kamala Harris marks Black Maternal Health Week with a discussion on issues that make Black women two to three times more likely to die due to childbirth. Harris also spoke on the death of Daunte Wright. (April 13)

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KAMALA HARRIS: Thank you for your courage in the midst of your pain.

DONNA TRIM-STEWART: We made it to the ER, and a couple of hours later she was gone. I have so many questions. Why was she sent home two days after an emergency C-section, given her prior medical history?

KAMALA HARRIS: Black women deserve to be heard. Their voices deserve to be respected. And like all people, they must be treated with dignity.

I do want to address the killing of Daunte Wright. He should be alive today. And to his family and loved ones, you must know that the president and I grieve with you as the nation grieves his loss, and we stand with you. Our nation needs justice and healing, and law enforcement must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

At the same time, we know that folks will keep dying if we don't fully address racial injustice and inequities in our country, from implicit bias to broken systems-- which brings me to the topic of this moment. This week is Black Maternal Health Week. And make no mistake, Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis.

Black women are two to three times more likely to die in connection with childbirth than other women.

HEATHER WILSON: The number one thing I hear is, they're not listening to me. And oftentimes it's too late. And I can say that there were times that I felt that way too.

SUSAN RICE: I, too, am a mother. And I want to thank you all for being here with us today and sharing your stories so bravely. We recognize that this comes with deep pain, but also great compassion for others, whose stories you will lift up and strengthen. And we're grateful for your commitment to elevating the voices of all Black women who feel deeply this tragedy.