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Pallone Bill to Combat Stillbirth, SUID and SUDC Signed Into Law

December 18, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, praised the signing of his legislation to combat stillbirth, sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) into law by President Obama.

“I am pleased that President Obama has signed my bill into law, which will finally help us to better understand the causes of stillbirth, SUID and SUDC,” said Pallone.  “There is no greater pain that a parent can endure than losing a child, and it is my hope that this legislation will give families who have lost a child some peace of mind and help prevent other parents from having to experience such a tragic loss.  I want to express my sincerest thanks to Laura Crandall of New Jersey, whose tireless efforts over the years made this possible.  I also want to remember the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, who was the original Senate sponsor of this bill and a powerful voice for the tens of thousands of families affected by stillbirth, SUID and SUDC every year.”

The “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act,” H.R. 669, will enhance awareness and provide for consistent data collection related to stillbirth, SUID and SUDC, which affects nearly 30,000 families each year.  The data will then be used to inform medical professionals and families of the deceased as to why these unexpected deaths occur and what can be done to prevent them.