Bill intends to protect infant lives

Bill intends to protect infant lives
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Bipartisan legislation to protect infant lives by banning the sale of padded crib bumpers passed Congress recently.

                        

Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Tammy Duckworth to protect infant lives by banning the sale of padded crib bumpers passed Congress recently and is now headed to the White House to be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Padded crib bumpers have been proven to pose an unnecessary, deadly risk to sleeping infants.

The Safe Cribs Act, which was included in the legislation also banning dangerous inclined sleeper products, would make it unlawful nationwide to manufacture and import crib bumpers, which remain widely sold by retailers despite current recommendations advising parents to keep cribs bare to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.

The senators’ legislation would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to enforce a ban on padded crib bumpers nationwide.

“The use of padded crib bumpers poses an unnecessary threat to the health and safety of infants everywhere. There is no reason the sale of these items should continue,” Portman said. “I am pleased that this legislation is finally heading to the president’s desk. I urge him to sign it into law quickly so that we may immediately begin protecting infants from the unnecessary and unacceptable risk of these products.”

Portman and Duckworth introduced this legislation in April 2021, and it passed the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by voice vote later that same month.

In March the Senate passed the bill. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, which contained identical language to the Safe Cribs Act banning crib bumpers, in June 2021.

Ohio banned the sale of these products in 2017, with minor exceptions.


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