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March 30, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: NAPW Decries Purvi Patel Sentence of 20+ Years


Contact:Lynn Paltrow, (212) 255-9252; Kathrine Jack, Indiana Counsel (317) 477-2300; Sara Ainsworth, NAPW (212) 255-9252


First Conviction and Sentence for the Crime of Feticide
Because a Woman Sought to Terminate Her Own Pregnancy

South Bend, Indiana: Today, a St. Joseph County judge sentenced Purvi Patel to more than 20 years for the crimes of feticide and neglect of a dependent. While Patel consistently maintained that she experienced a miscarriage, prosecutors claimed that she attempted to terminate her own pregnancy but gave birth to a baby who she then neglected and allowed to die. Today's sentence followed from the court's decision to allow Indiana's feticide law to be used as a mechanism for prosecuting women who attempt to terminate a pregnancy and from the prosecution's use of discredited and invalid scientific testimony to persuade the jury that the baby had been born alive.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) Executive Director Lynn Paltrow expressed deep disappointment at the extreme sentence: "While no woman should face criminal charges for having an abortion or experiencing a pregnancy loss, the cruel length of this sentence confirms that feticide and other measures promoted by anti-abortion organizations are intended to punish not protect women."

Ms. Patel is not the first woman in the U.S. to have been arrested and charged with a crime for terminating her own pregnancy or based on allegations that she had attempted to do so. This case, however, is the first time any woman has been charged, convicted, and sentenced for the crime of feticide for having attempted to end her own pregnancy.


March 12, 2015

Join us! NAPW's UNCSW Parallel Event & More

NAPW welcomed 2015 with energy, travel, and transitions -- including a move to new office space at 875 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1807, New York, NY 10001.

In February, with NAPW's support, the Fifth annual Take Root: Red States Perspective on Reproductive Justice Conference took place in Norman Oklahoma. This year, more than 500 activists attended -- proving once again that there is no part of the US without people profoundly committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Mark your calendars for next year's conference: February 26-27, 2016.

Now with spring finally emerging, we are gearing up for a season full of events and public education collaborations. We are excited to invite you to join us at the following upcoming events and conferences across the country:

March 18 - New York City: NAPW & OSF United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event, "Promoting the Rights of Women and Families at UN Sessions"

NAPW and Open Society Foundations (OSF) are hosting a parallel event to the UN CSW drawing special attention to the ways the war on drugs harms women. Panelists will present research and case studies addressing challenges to and strategies for protecting and promoting the human rights of women and families. It will be an opportunity to explain why women's rights organizations should join efforts to challenge the drug war as an assault on gender equality. This event will build momentum for ensuring that there is a gender perspective at the 2016 UN Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS), which will focus on the global war on drugs.

Join us for this free and public event at OSF's NYC offices (224 West 57th Street) on Wednesday, March 18 from 6-8pm. Please visit this webpage for more information and to RSVP: http://osf.to/1B4zxjE.
March 26-29 - Chicago, IL: INCITE! Color of Violence 4 Conference
NAPW is excited to participate in this year's COV4 Conference "Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities." This conference mark's INCITE!'s fifteenth year of advocacy to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people and communities of color. Director of Legal Advocacy Sara Ainsworth, will speak Saturday, March 28 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on a panel entitled: "Surviving the 'Other War on Women': Exploring the criminalization and punishment of survivors of trauma/addiction via our criminal legal and child welfare system and building transformative legal and community based strategies for change." Further information about the conference and registration can be found here: http://www.colorofviolence.org/.
April 10-12 - Amherst, MA: "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" CLPP Conference
The 29th Annual Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) Conference, "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom," will be held at Hampshire College from Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12. As a 2015 Conference Sponsor, NAPW will be attending and tabling during the full weekend. Visit the CLPP Conference website for more information -- and if you can make it, come visit us at our organization table!
April 13 - New York City: "One Fight: Activists Talk Prison Abolition & Reproductive Justice"
At this event co-sponsored by Justice Now and the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at NYU School of Law, Justice Now, NAPW, and the Correctional Association of NY's Women in Prison Project will reflect on shared visions of change. Speakers will share their strategies for fighting mass incarceration and its role in reproductive oppression: limiting people's ability to have and care for children, preventing people from making intimate decisions about their bodies, forcing unwanted sterilizations, and cutting people's lives short. Writer and advocate Victoria Law will moderate and fuel the discussion. This event is free and open to the public, and has been approved for two New York State CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice, appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Join us, Monday, April 13, 6:00 pm at NYU School of Law's Vanderbilt Hall, Room 206.
Thank you for your support of NAPW.

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