National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) is a non-profit organization that works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.
NAPW seeks to ensure that:
- no one is punished for the outcome of their pregnancies whether they have an abortion, experience a pregnancy loss, or go to term and give birth to a baby;
- no one loses their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy;
- addiction and other health and welfare problems people face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes;
- families are not needlessly separated based on medical misinformation; and
- pregnant and parenting people have access to a full range of reproductive health care as well as access to confidential, non-punitive drug treatment services.
NAPW protects the rights, health, and dignity of pregnant and parenting people by:
- providing pro bono (free) legal assistance to people directly or to their defense attorneys if the person is threatened or charged with a crime or child welfare action for having an abortion, giving birth, being pregnant or experiencing a pregnancy loss;
- organizing with state based activists and organization as well as national coalitions;
- engaging in public education on paper, online, and anywhere people might listen!