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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.

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New short film, 'To Prison for Pregnancy,' features NAPW


NAPW response to Reuters investigation of reporting of drug use, child welfare and infant deaths

DECEMBER 14, 2015 — Earlier this month, Reuters released an investigative report, “Helpless & Hooked.” It alleges that the failure of physicians and hospitals to consistently report women who used drugs while pregnant (including those who used drugs prescribed by physicians) and the failure of child welfare systems to intervene in such cases directly or indirectly contributed to the preventable deaths of 110 infants nationwide.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) recognizes that every infant death is a grave loss. We also recognize, however, how much harm has been done to American families in the name of protecting children. This Reuters series is the latest in a long line of journalistic reports that perpetrate stigma.

Continue reading NAPW's full response here.

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Take Root (Feb. 26-27, 2016)
Join National Advocates for Pregnant Women staff and allies at the Take Root reproductive justice conference in Oklahoma (Feb. 26-27). Executive Director Lynn Paltrow, Senior Staff Attorney Farah Diaz-Tello and allies from Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee will be featured on...

NAPW staff speaks at conference at NYU School of Law Oct. 30

USA Today: "Woman Charged With Murder After Taking Abortion Pill"

NAPW to Attend Southern Harm Reduction Conference



NAPW launches campaign website for U.N. session on drugs

March 16, 2016
This April, the United Nations is holding a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on global drug policies, and NAPW is leading an international effort to address how those policies are hurting women and families. NAPW has launched a campaign website... more »

Roe anniversary and new multimedia resources

February 1, 2016

Take action now with NAPW

December 1, 2015

A win in NY, no 'safe harbor' in OH, a VA case to watch & NAPW on the road

November 9, 2015

Victories, Patel Update, TN Wrap-up, and Global Connections

October 26, 2015

NAPW marks 2 legal victories in states that have incarcerated women based on pregnancy and drug-use claims; Appeal will free Arkansas woman, Wisconsin case moves forward

October 8, 2015

Arguing in Arkansas, NAPW in the Media, & Last Chance to Register for the Tennessee Symposium

September 28, 2015

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