The Michigan House of Representatives recently approved a resolution authored by state Rep. Beth Griffin declaring October 15, 2020, as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day to show support, educate and create awareness for those who are suffering or may know someone who has suffered a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or the loss of an infant. Each year, it’s estimated one in four pregnancies – roughly 1 million overall in the United States – end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn baby.
Griffin said Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day provides validation to Michigan families who have experienced such tragedy and informs the public about how to respond to affected families with compassion.
“As mothers and fathers, we always imagine we will be gone before our children, but for many families, life doesn’t play out that way,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “Every life is precious no matter how short lived. It’s my sincere hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day will provide people with an increased understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies and enable our communities to better comfort families in a time of pain and heartache.”
Government was meant to be of the people, not one person – and the Michigan Supreme Court rightfully ruled to restore the voice of Southwest Michigan families by confirming that our state’s COVID-19 response needs to be a collaborative effort.
Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today helped announce a plan giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control in these challenging times – allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
State Rep. Beth Griffin and the Michigan House earlier this month approved several measures to continue protecting and helping Southwest Michigan families during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending unemployment benefits for Michigan’s hardworking employees who were laid off through no fault of their own.
“It’s unacceptable that our seniors have not been protected the way they deserve from the start,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “That’s why I’m fighting for major changes to the previous nursing home mandates. Our seniors and their loved ones deserve much better.