Infant death tracking bill by Sen. Sherrod Brown passes Senate committee

Cleveland Plain Dealer

WASHINGTON, D. C. - A Senate committee on Wednesday signed off on a bill by Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown that aims to reduce sudden and unexplained infant deaths by improving data collection on the fatalities so medical professionals can better understand their causes and work to prevent them.

"No parent should ever have to grieve the loss of a child with non-answers and with no help," Brown told reporters after the committee vote, noting that Ohio ranks worst in the nation for African-American infant mortality and 48th nationwide for infant mortality among all races.

The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a similar bill in September, so Brown is optimistic his proposal can become law before Congress adjourns for the year. He predicted the bill would cost "little or nothing" over time, and perhaps save the government money.

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