Media Contact

December 30, 2019


The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) Reproductive Freedom Project will join State Representative Attica Scott on Saturday, January 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Lexington’s Lyric Theater to discuss pre-filed legislation aimed at addressing racial bias in healthcare that fuels both infant and maternal mortality rates.

The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality among the world’s wealthiest countries. Kentucky’s maternal mortality rate is 22.9 per 100,000 births. Maternal mortality rates are three times higher for pregnant people of color and nearly four times higher for pregnant African-Americans, compared to their white peers.*

Rep. Attica Scott will brief the press on the provisions of the pre-filed legislation, BR88, which include the creation of maternal fatality review teams, required evidence-based implicit bias training for perinatal healthcare providers, and Medicaid reimbursement for the services of a qualified doula.

A Lexington OB/GYN will share information about structural racism in healthcare and an ACLU-KY attorney will discuss the benefits of doula care for pregnant people.


ACLU-KY Reproductive Freedom Project

Rep. Attica Scott (D), District 41

Dr. Elizabeth Case, Lexington OB/GYN

Reproductive Rights Supporters


Saturday, January 4, 1:30 p.m.


Lyric Theater

300 E. Third Street

Lexington, KY 40508


Though not required, an RSVP via email to Amber Duke at is appreciated.