Senator Mulroe works to lower premature birth rates on the Senate floorIllinois may soon see a decrease in premature births due to legislation sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). Mulroe’s plan will allow pharmacists to administer progesterone injections to pregnant women who have a history of delivering prematurely.

“A prescription for progesterone injections requires pregnant women to receive a weekly shot over the course of 20 weeks, which can be a barrier to women living in rural areas or far from their doctors,” Mulroe said. “I think it’s important to make it easier for individuals to receive the care they need. This legislation seeks to lower the frequency of premature birth by increasing the completion rate of progesterone regimens."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, preterm birth affects about one in 10 children born in the United States and a little over a third of infant deaths are due to complications related to premature birth. Preterm birth can cause cerebral palsy, developmental delays and vision issues, among other problems.

Senate Bill 317 passed the Senate without opposition and moves to the House for further consideration.

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