We Need Your Support Because We Won't Give Up
The President-elect has stated that there must be some form of punishment for women who have abortions.
But, National Advocates for Pregnant Women has known for some time that punishing pregnant women - whatever the outcome of their pregnancies - is a present reality, not a hypothetical possibility. NAPW's work has exposed the fact that since 1973, at least 1,000 women have been arrested or otherwise punished because of pregnancy.
NAPW needs your support to ensure that no matter who is president, such arrests do not happen.
Indeed, even under an Obama administration supportive of reproductive rights, Indiana woman Purvi Patel was arrested, tried, and convicted in 2015 of feticide for attempting to have a safe abortion at home. (The Indiana governor at the time, it bears noting, is now the vice president-elect.) NAPW helped to overturn Ms. Patel's conviction and to win her release from the Indiana Women's Prison in September of this year.
In 2015, women in Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas were arrested for attempting to end a pregnancy. These women are still facing punishment for doing so. NAPW needs your support to win justice for each of them.
NAPW is the only organization devoted to challenging such arrests and developing long-term strategies to secure pregnant women's personhood. This is one reason why respected news sources such as The New York Times and The Guardian as well as the Thomson Reuters Foundation rely on NAPW for comment.
NAPW also needs your support to continue challenging coerced and forced treatment of pregnant women.
In November 2016, NAPW organized and filed an amicus brief on behalf of more than 40 organizations and experts in support of Rinat Dray of New York, who was forced to have cesarean surgery without her consent or even court authorization. With our allies, NAPW continues the fight in Wisconsin for Tammy Loertscher who faced a "choice" between treatment for a drug problem she did not have or jail for refusing to accept that pointless treatment.
NAPW knows that the fight for reproductive and human rights must be expanded. This means supporting the power and potential of people in the Red States. Since 2011, NAPW has been a primary supporter of the annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference. Last year, more than 600 activists attended the conference in Norman, Oklahoma.
NAPW was also instrumental in supporting Tennessee state-based activists in ensuring that Tennessee's fetal assault law permitting the arrest of pregnant women went out of effect (sunset) in July of 2016. And, working with local advocates in Arkansas and West Virginia, NAPW helped to win court decisions that freed numerous women from incarceration based on wrongful convictions for made-up pregnancy-based crimes.
Whether sponsoring a national meeting for birth justice activists in New York, coordinating a meeting in Montgomery, Alabama between the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and reproductive justice advocates, or helping to persuade the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that locking up pregnant women suspected of drug use discriminates against women, NAPW is supporting new and broader ways to fight for reproductive and social justice.
We need your support to continue building a movement for reproductive justice and human rights that will thrive in every administration and in every part of the country.
As our track record of almost 15 years demonstrates, no matter what the political climate, no matter how the political winds blow, NAPW will be there to defend and advance human rights and dignity.
Please make a generous contribution to NAPW to help us continue our visionary, groundbreaking, and effective advocacy and organizing.