Governor Nikki Haley joined representatives from the American Heart Association and Emerson Rose’s parents, Jason and Susan Smith, in a ceremonial bill signing for S.341, the Emerson Rose bill Wednesday.
S.341 requires birthing facilities in South Carolina to perform a pulse oximetry test on every newborn child between 24 and 48 hours of life.
“While I am blessed to be a governor, I am also blessed to be a mom and this bill pulls on my heart,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
“Due to Jason and Susan Smith’s dedication to making a difference and the action we are taking today, Emerson Rose’s name is going to live on and positively influence the health of babies across the state.”
Performing a pulse oximetry test can give caregivers insight into the lungs and heart of newborns and head-off complications not detected by ultrasound.
The Emerson Rose bill continues Gov. Haley’s commitment to keeping South Carolina’s babies healthy – from improved access to care for expecting mothers, to reducing elective pre-term deliveries, to ensuring that expecting mothers with drug or alcohol problems get the treatment they need.
For video of the governor’s full remarks, click here.
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