TRENTON – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, (R-NJ), of Clinton, was at Hunterdon Medical Center today to discuss his PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, a bill designed to research and reduce preterm birth, associated disabilities of preterm birth, and deaths of babies born preterm.
The bill, the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early (PREEMIE) Reauthorization Act, was first passed in 2006.
“Each year more than a million babies are born prematurely,” Lance said in a release. “Although the medical community has made great strides in identifying the many risk factors associated with premature births, too many premature births today have no known cause. The reauthorization of the PREEMIE Act is an important bipartisan effort that will provide continued research, education, and intervention of prematurity and low birth weight. It is my hope that this bill will ultimately decrease the number of premature births in the near future.”
According to the bill information provided, premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death, half of which have no known cause.
Since the passing of the bill, the nation has seen the first two-year drop in preterm birth rates in three decades.
Representatives of the March of Dimes stood with Lance today, and are supportive of the bill.