Two Important Dates from NAPW - Please Join Us!

On Sept. 8 the NY Court of Appeals (NY's highest court) will be hearing oral argument in the Jorgensen case. This New York case threatens to set a judicial precedent that would make pregnant women in New York State criminally liable for the outcomes of their pregnancies. As you may recall, NAPW filed an amicus brief in support of Ms. Jorgensen and on behalf of more than 30 organizations and experts, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. We invite you to watch the oral argument with us and follow NAPW's live tweeting at #EyesonNY. The argument is anticipated to begin around 3:15 pm EST and information about how to watch the live stream is available here on the NY Court of Appeals website.

We hope you will also join us on Oct. 2-3 in Nashville, Tennessee for the symposium, Pregnancy, Drug Use, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Research and Policies that Support Mothers, Babies and Families. As we're sure you're aware, hardly a day goes by without media reports about rising opioid use. Those reports often focus on pregnant women and recycle alarmist claims about the impact of drug use on their babies. Moreover, such claims have been used in Tennessee as a basis for enacting a law that permits the arrest and punishment of pregnant women. Rarely do policy makers, journalists, advocates, health care providers, and others have an opportunity to hear from experts on these subjects.

That's why National Advocates for Pregnant Women and the National Perinatal Association have partnered for this event. Our symposium brings together experts and thought leaders from diverse sectors -- medicine, public health, ethics and the law -- to share best practices and spark critical conversations. We'll be joined by an extraordinary group of speakers including Dr. Jessica Young, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Ron Abrahams, founding medical director of Families in Recovery rooming-in program in Vancouver; pioneering NAS researcher Dr. Loretta Finnegan; and Dr. Hendrée Jones, who runs Horizons, a North Carolina-based comprehensive treatment program for pregnant and parenting women and their children.

For a full schedule with speakers and registration, visit the symposium website. Registration for this two-day event is $125. This includes lunch on Oct. 2 and CME and CLE credits as described on the website. A limited number of travel and registration scholarships are available. Please complete this form if you're interested in a scholarship. For more information or with general questions you can email conferences@advocatesforpregnantwomen.com.

Our partners, Healthy & Free Tennessee and SisterReach, are also co-sponsoring a free pre-conference on pregnancy, drug use and the law on Oct. 1, that will focus on the law, local realities in Tennessee and how to create policies that respect human rights.

We urge you to attend both events -- or as much of both -- as you are able.

We hope to see you there!