Letter: Help save lives with bipartisan action

Saving lives with bipartisan action

Editor of the Reformer:

It might be true that among Trump's supporters there are feelings of government dissatisfaction. But it is not true that our leaders in Congress can't come together to do anything good. In 1990, over 12 million children under the age of 5 were dying every year. That number has been cut by more than half, largely due to our government's efforts. Furthermore, the number of women who lose their lives to preventable pregnancy complications every year has been cut by 40 percent.

Although Republicans and Democrats are fighting over becoming the next president, in Capitol Hill they are working together to save lives. The bipartisan Reach Every Mother and Child Act lays out a coordinated and strategic plan to end preventable deaths of moms and children across the world. It is an example of how good things can happen and are happening because people set aside their differences to do what is right for the world. We have 61 co-sponsors already, with 26 of those being Republican. If passed, we can save 600,000 women's lives and 15 million child lives by 2020. Rep. Peter Welch can add to this bipartisan effort to do something good by co-sponsoring the Reach Act.

Laura Leslie, Brattleboro, Dec. 21


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