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August 31, 2018

NAPW Mourns the Passing of Dr. Robert "Bob" Newman

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) mourns the passing of Dr. Robert "Bob" Newman, long- standing board member, humanitarian, and fierce champion of the rights and dignity of people who use or are dependent on drugs. With love, gratitude for his career of dedicated and generous advocacy, and condolences to his family and all who had the honor of working with him. May his memory be a blessing. Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, and the Board of Directors: Nancy Aries, Khiara Bridges, Sarah Burns, Cali Cole, Jeanne Flavin, Carl Hart, Hytham Imseis, Carol Mason, and Jennifer Morgan

Please see articles about Dr. Newman in the HuffingtonPost.com and the New York Times

August 10, 2018

Understanding Opioid Use During Pregnancy

Opioid use and dependency among pregnant women in the United States has increasingly been the subject of new state laws and policies. Unfortunately, this has not led to increased funding for treatment, and misinformation has resulted in harmful policy decisions. Download this fact sheet for more information about opioid use during pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and best practices for improving maternal and fetal health.

August 2, 2018

NAPW Demands Indiana Prosecutor Drop Murder Charge Against Woman Who Had a Stillbirth at Home

NAPW, along with 11 other organizations and 27 individual experts, submitted an Open Letter to the Madison County, Indiana prosecutor, asking him to drop felony charges against a woman who experienced a stillbirth at home. An Indiana woman who experienced a pregnancy loss is being prosecuted for feticide and involuntary manslaughter, based on her alleged drug use while pregnant. These charges were brought even though Indiana’s law has been changed to clarify that a woman cannot be prosecuted for these crimes in relationship to her own pregnancy. This person was arrested only after seeking medical assistance, and spent many months in jail. The prosecutor must drop this dangerous and counter-productive prosecution.

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