Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
Please join me in cosponsoring bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2271—the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act) that would help address “one of the greatest threats to babies’ lives once they come home from the hospital.”[I]
Every year, about 3,500 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in the United States before reaching their first birthday, a category of deaths classified as Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) and which includes deaths from SIDS. A recent news
article noted that in Georgia, on average, three infant deaths occur per week due to SUID. In the city of Chicago alone, SUID claims about 44 lives annually.
These numbers represent real infants born to real parents who are now filled with unfathomable grief after each and every one of these tragedies. Sadly,
grieving parents and
family members are often left without answers regarding the cause of death of their infant or child. Currently, there are no nationwide standards for how the investigations or autopsies associated with these deaths are conducted or regarding the collection
of data following an infant or child death. In many cases, this leads to inadequate, inconsistent, and incomplete information, making it more difficult to determine causes of deaths and strategies for preventing these tragedies.
The Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act would provide grants to states, municipalities, and nonprofits to improve data collection related to these deaths as well as the unexpected deaths of children between the ages of 1 and 18, including
for training to improve death scene investigations. It would also support efforts to increase parent education and community awareness about safe sleep practices , provide funding to ensure death reviews are completed for all infant and child deaths, and provide
support services for grieving families.
This bill is supported by the following organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Children’s Hospital Association, Cribs for Kids, First Candle, SUDC Foundation, KID: Fighting for Product Safety, Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild
of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Mackenzie Blair Foundation (NJ), Jaxin’s Cause (OH), the Scarlett Lillian Pauley Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Safe Kids Worldwide.
If you would like more information or to become a cosponsor of this important legislation, please contact Chris Goldson in my office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-4572.
Gwen S. Moore
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
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