our mission

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2001, works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable to state control and punishment - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.

On Tuesday September 9, 2014, NAPW traveled to Trenton, NJ where the New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral argument in New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services vs. Y.N. In determining whether New Jersey will become the only state in the U.S. to effectively ban pregnant women from receiving methadone treatment, and in turn treat pregnant women separately and unequally. Read more here about what is at stake and the woman at the center of this case. With Lawrence S. Lustberg of Gibbons P.C., NAPW represents 76 organizations and experts in maternal, fetal, and child health, addiction treatment, and health advocacy as amici curiae (friends of the court). In this case, NAPW is for all parents as part of a larger struggle for reproductive justice.

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Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It

"Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements. Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional engagement. We must reject an “add prisons and stir” approach to advocacy in favor of making dismantling mass incarceration and other systems of institutional discrimination central to our efforts."


NAPW's Board President Jeanne Flavin and Research and Program Associate Laura Huss's co-authored piece in The Feminist Wire, "Feminism and the PIC: Why "Add-Incarceration-and-Stir" Doesn't Cut It," makes clear that "ending the criminalization of pregnant and parenting women challenges feminist and pro-choice organizations to declare common cause with other progressive movements that share a resolve to dismantle mass incarceration and the War on Drugs."

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NAPW Speaking at Texas Christian University
NAPW's Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, and Board President, Jeanne Flavin, will give an evening lecture at Texas Christian University on Monday, September 15th on "Seeking Justice for Women and Families: An Academic and Activist Partnership." This event is co-sponsored by...

NAPW Travels to Jacksonville, FL July 25-28 to Stand Our Ground for Marissa Alexander
This weekend - July 25 - 28 - NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy, Sara Ainsworth, and Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, will attend and speak at the "Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against...

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