NAPW is committed to undoing decades of misinformation and political posturing about pregnancy and drug use. From traditional tools such as press releases, to producing blogs and original videos and delivering creative Power Point presentations, we are getting our message out. NAPW takes every opportunity to expose the propaganda behind destructive and dehumanizing stereotypes about pregnant women and drug users, and to challenge anti-abortion and drug war policies as divisive and diversionary tactics designed to distract Americans from common values and concerns.
Through speaking engagements and other public education efforts NAPW keeps its commitment to working at both the local and national levels, and to recognizing, learning from, and building on the ways that reproductive health, drug policy, and other social justice issues intersect.
Through this public education work, NAPW has been challenging prejudice against pregnant women, drug users and low income and families of color and exposing how abortion, fetal rights and drug war issues distract from significant public health and social justice problems. NAPW is quoted in, referred to, and appears in a diverse range of print, television, radio and on-line sources including the New York Times, Newsweek, Women'senews, The Village Voice, HR Reality Check, Huffington Post, ColorLines Magazine, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City Tribune, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, CBS Early Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, national and local NPR stations, and a variety of talk news radio stations across the country. We have also reached international audiences with appearances in such media as the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Guardian (London), Bristol United Press, CBC and BBC Radio.
NAPW also authors and co-authors reports and a wide range of articles in everything from prestigious medical journals to traditional print source to on-line journals. Increasingly NAPW uses its resources to support local activists, helping them to write and publish commentary in state-based and local media.
From October 7th to October 9th, 2014 Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, met with lawyers, students, activists, coalition-builders, and local leaders in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina to advocate for the issues of reproductive justice that NAPW, New Morning Foundation, Tell Them SC, and the South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families have long been working to address. For more information about Ms. Paltrow's talk at the College of Charleston, visit http://www.tellthemsc.org/lynn_paltrow_lecture_cofc.
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, NAPW’s Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, gave a webinar as part of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Webinar Wednesday series, “If You Care About Pregnancy Discrimination, You Should Care About Reproductive Justice.” The webinar included Laura from NAPW, Cherisse Scott from SisterReach, Keely Monroe at LSRJ, and Kelli Garcia at NWLC. The webinar and the accompanying slideshows are now archived and available to listen here.
NAPW's Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin JD, spoke at the 2014 Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Conference in Arlington, VA. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Ms. Sunderlin presented on the following two panels: (1) Unique Perspectives: The Hidden Consequences of the War on Drugs, and (2) What About the Children?: Families and the War on Drugs. Ms. Sunderlin brings unique expertise to NAPW in civil child welfare and drug policy, specifically related to opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Check out the SSCP2014 Conference website for more information about the weekend.
NAPW Participates in United Nations' Second Review of the USA Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process
NAPW was approached by INPUD/INWUD (International Network of People/Women Who Use Drugs), who were hoping to cite our research on arrests and detentions of pregnant women in a shadow report for the United Nations' second review of the United States under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. NAPW provided access to this and recent research, but also legal expertise needed to create a submission that outlined the many human rights violations faced by drug-using women in the USA. NAPW worked to include reproductive justice organizations that have been at the forefront of resisting criminalization of drug-using pregnant women, including SisterReach and Native Youth Sexual Health Network. We were especially proud to bring the perspective of families to the report, taking the opportunity to connect INPUD with the newly formed Family Law Cannabis Alliance, who were able to bring the perspective that decriminalization will never be fully realized if families can be destroyed on the basis of a positive drug test in a parent or pregnant woman. We will continue to work with INPUD/INWUD and the coalition of co-signing organizations to bring this report to public attention throughout the UPR process.
Here you can download the submitted UPR report.
NAPW's Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, and Board President, Jeanne Flavin, gave an evening lecture at Texas Christian University on Monday, September 15th on "Seeking Justice for Women and Families: An Academic and Activist Partnership." This event was co-sponsored by the University's Women and Gender Studies, the Departments of Social Work, Sociology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women’s and Men’s Programs. Visit this webpage for more information.
The weekend of July 25 - 28, 2014, NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy, Sara Ainsworth, and Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, attended and spoke at the "Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against Women" conference and rally in Jacksonville, Florida. Hosted by SisterSong and the Free Marissa Now Campaign, this weekend included a Reproductive Justice 101 training, a Reproductive Justice Institute, and a direct action march. The march to the Duval County Unified Courthouse was an effort to stand in solidarity with Marissa Alexander and in opposition to the reproductive injustices that this case and legislation has made public.
NAPW Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, attended the Whitehouse/Portman Senate Women & Addiction Forum sponsored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).
The forum included nationally-recognized researchers, practitioners, policymakers and Members of Congress to help identify policy priorities to help women in treatment for addiction and their recovery. The event highlighted three key issue areas to be addressed: Women and Addiction: Treatment & What Works; Women, Addiction and Motherhood; The Role of Trauma as a Factor Contributing to Addiction, and Relapse & Recidivism in Women. This was the second in a series of bipartisan convenings to help identify a strategy to elevate and advance addiction treatment and recovery nationwide and develop an agenda for the next Congress.
For more information, visit this webpage.
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke in Vancouver, BC, Canada on “Challenging Drug Prohibition & The Regulation of Reproduction and Mothering.” More information about this free public forum can be found here. The event was sponsored by the SFT Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities, and Mental Health & the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.
NYU School of Law Carr Center for Reproductive Justice - NYU School of Law Reproductive Justice Clinic - held their first annual conference on April 1, 2014: "Reproductive Rights Law: Where is the Woman?" NAPW's Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, was a featured speaker at the conference. Visit the conference website for further information.
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, will speak at a public event in Madison, Wisconsin entitled "Defending Pregnant Women's Rights." The event, sponsored by Wisconsin NOW, Madison NOW, UW LRSJ, & International Socialist Organization will include Lynn Paltrow, Lisa Subeck (Madison City Alder, District 1; Former ED NARAL Pro-Choice WI), & Elizabeth Schulte (Activist, Journalist, & Editor at SocialistWorker.org) as speakers. The event will run begin at 6:30 pm in Masley Media Room, Red Gym, UW Madison, 716 Langdon Street.
Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference
This year's conference was attended by over 400 activists from more than 28 states, DC, and Canada. It sparked impressive realtime conversation at #TakeRoot14 and on Storify, such as this one by Katie Klabusich about NAPW's Executive Director Lynn Paltrow's inspiring keynote speech. Beyond the impact it made on hundreds of activists, Take Root continues to be written about by reproductive justice activists and media. Thank you to the University of Oklahoma's Women's and Gender Studies Program and Center for Social Justice for creating a home for this needed and valuable conference!
NAPW's Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, was the Keynote Speaker at WV Free's Annual Benefit Gala on January 22, 2013 in Charleston, WV, celebrating WV Free's 25th year.
Executive Director Lynn Paltrow spoke at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted by Newcomb College Institute at Tulane. Ms. Paltrow gave a campus-wide talk Thursday evening, January 30, and a "Fridays at Newcomb" lunch talk on Friday, January 31.
On November 19, 2013, the Open Society Foundations (OSF) hosted a groundbreaking NAPW event in New York City that explored the drug war’s impact on pregnant women and families. The public premiere of a short NAPW video on Project Prevention was followed by a panel of experts and advocates who discussed Project Prevention’s reach nationally and internationally and the implications of the war on drugs on pregnant women and families. The panel included:
If you were unable to attend, you can now stream or download the MP3 recording of this powerful evening here.
Also watch NAPW's short video that premiered that evening here: "Project Prevention: Mothers and Children Speak Out"
Lynn Paltrow, ED, to attend & speak at Latin American Legal Conference on Repro Rights - 10/13-10/16
NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, will travel to Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico this weekend to participate in and speak at the Third Annual Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights. Ms. Paltrow was invited by Mexico's National Supreme Court of Justice, the Federal Judiciary Council, the Institute of Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Mexican Association of Justices. She will be a speaker on a Roundtable on Tuesday, October 15th on "Women's Self-Determination and Stigmatized Services: Obstetric Violence, Women with HIV, and Drug Addiction." Visit the conference website for more information.
On October 10, 2013 at 11:30 am, Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, will give a common hour lecture at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ms. Paltrow's lecture is sponsored by the College's Department of Women's & Gender Studies and will focus on "Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration."
The event is open to the public and will occur at the Mayser Gymnasium. Visit the event's webpage for more information.
Lynn Paltrow speaking opportunity: "40 years after Roe v. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration"
Consider bringing NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, to your campus to discuss: "40 years after Roe v. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration" Roe v. Wade: What does it mean today? How can you make it relevant to all generations and communities?
Download this flyer for more information.
On June 26, 2013, at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, Demia (Butler University’s student chapter of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance); Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at Butler University; and Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice (IRCRC) co-hosted a community education event entitled "Experts Discuss Suicide, Mental Health, and Healing: What Helps and Should Pregnant Women Be Treated Differently?"
Experts Dr. Laura Miller, Stephen C. McCaffrey, and Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds spoke about suicide, mental health, and healing and their relationship to the Bei Bei Shuai case that is set for trial in September 2013.
NAPW co-sponsored the event along with 12 other local and national organizations: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Indiana Chapter; Backline; Demia (Butler University student chapter of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance); Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at Butler University; Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice (IRCRC); Law Students for Reproductive Justice at Indiana Maurer School of Law; Mental Health America of Indiana; National Alliance on Mental Illness Indiana; National Organization for Women, Indiana Chapter; National Perinatal Association.
NAPW reported on the success of the event here, and the video archive of the forum is available to watch here on NAPW’s website.
On June 25, 2013, Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke at the Innocence Project's summer brown bag lunch lecture series that welcomes summer interns from a variety of local organizations. NAPW's summer intern class - including legal and non-legal students - attended Ms. Paltrow's talk, as well as each weekly talk this summer by leaders in the fields of social, criminal, and reproductive justice.
On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, led a presentation at YP4's (Young People For the American Way) Northeast Regional Training for new fellows. Ms. Paltrow spoke to emerging fellows and leaders on "Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration." The training took place at St. John's University campus in Queens, NY. For more information about YP4, visit their website.
Lynn Paltrow, ED, attends & speaks at International Harm Reduction Conference in Lithuana, June 2013
Lynn Paltrow, ED, & Jeanne Flavin, PhD & NAPW Board President, attend & present at U.Michigan RJ Conference
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, NAPW Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz Tello, appeared on RTV about the Mississippi case of Nina Buckhalter. This interview is one of a series of recent reports that demonstrates a growing understanding that what happens to one pregnant woman can happen to all pregnant women. Watch the interview here:
MSNBC News Anchor Thomas Roberts planned to host NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, live on Tuesday, May 28th. The interview has been postponed as a result of the recent updates on Trayvon Martin's upcoming trial. We will post about the rescheduled interview date when Lynn will speak to Thomas Roberts about the arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women and the Mississippi Supreme Court case of Nina Buckhalter.
WORTH Conference 5/20 "From Punishment to Wellness" featuring Lynn Paltrow & NAPW as a community partner
On May 20, 2013, WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory) hosted a conference entitled "From Punishment to Wellness" addressing a public health approach to women and the war on drugs. This conference, hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), came out of the recent publication by NYAM and the Drug Policy Alliance - NAPW supported the conference as a community partner and assisted in conference planning. Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, also appeared on a panel about "Aligning Policy to a Public Health Approach." The successful conference hosted about 250 attendees. See conference flyer below and download conference program here.
On Saturday, April 26, 2013, SUNY New Paltz Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program hosted a conference on "Reproductive Justice - 40 Years After Roe v Wade." NAPW Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, spoke on a panel entitled "Beyond Whether to Bear or Beget: Protecting Pregnant and Parenting Women" with former NAPW Director of Legal Advocacy, Emma Ketteringham, and former NAPW Inter, Dinah Adames.
NAPW Executive Director Lynn Paltrow gave a public lecture at Princeton University on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 entitled: "Forty Years After Roe v. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration."
Lynn Paltrow, ED, leads two-part CLE at the Queens County Bar Association with Emma Ketteringham and Dr. Carl Hart
In a two-part continuing legal education (CLE) program at the Queens County Bar Association's Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, conducted two events with an expert and attorney about drug use and the child welfare system.
On April 23, 2013 Ms. Paltrow lead the program with Managing Attorney of Bronx Defenders Family Defense Practice, Emma Ketteringham, (also former NAPW Director of Legal Advocacy) to address "Considering the role of race and drug policy in child protective cases." The second event on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, was conducted with Columbia University Assistant Professor and Research Scientist, Dr. Carl Hart, PhD, about "Drug Use, Drug Effects, and the Role of Science and Experts in Child Protective Cases."
April 12-14, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, and Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, traveled to Amherst, MA to participate in the 27th Annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) Conference at Hampshire College designed for community and student activists. The 2013 conference, for which NAPW was a sponsor, focused on "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom." Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, appeared on a panel about "Making the Connections: Decriminalization and Reproductive Justice."
ED Lynn Paltrow Keynote Speaker at NJ Women's & Gender Studies Consortium Event on Friday, April 5, 2013
Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, spoke as a keynote speaker on April 5, 2013 at the New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium event at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. This consortium works to maintain the strength, visibility, and development of interdisciplinary women's and gender studies at numerous New Jersey colleges and universities.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Executive Director Lynn Paltrow spoke at Butler University's Diversity Program Women's History Month lecture series. Her talk, "Indiana and the New Jane Crow: The Prosecution of the Bei Bei Shuai," was promoted and reported by local media The Indianapolis Star's Tim Evans and Diana Penner, respectively. Thursday, March 28, 2013 she was the keynote speaker at IPFW's Women's Studies Program's "Women's Reproductive Rights: A Historical and Global Perspective" event series for Women's History Month speaking on "Forty Years after Roe v. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Her final event on Friday, March 29, 2013 at Indiana University's Mauer College of Law in Bloomington, IN was hosted by IU's Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), Feminist Law Forum (FLF), and the American Constitution Society (ACS), entitled "Indiana and the New Jane Crow: Using the Prosecution of of Bei Bei Shuai to Create a System of Separate and Unequal Law for All Women."
The Abortion Care Network (ACN) hosted their annual conference from March 15-17, 2013. NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke on a panel with Ruth Arick and Susan Yanow on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Lynn Paltrow addressed the following: "If Insanity is Doing The Same Thing Over & Over & Expecting a Different Result, Then What is the Future of U.S. Movement for Reproductive Rights?"
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, gave a lecture at American University Washington College of Law on "Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow: Reproductive Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Download event flyer here
NAPW supports, attends, and speaks at 3rd Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference in Oklahoma
NAPW continued to support the organization and planning of the Third Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference.
The successful conference took place from February 15-16, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma, with over 250 "red state" activists advocating for Reproductive Justice. NAPW attended and spoke at the conference and supported first-time "red state" advocates to also attend.
Read media about the event's success and impact. We look forward to next year's fourth annual - February 21-22, 2014!
On January 25, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) Executive Director, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, appeared on Moyers & Company. Bill Moyers interviewed Lynn and Jessica after the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade to examine and discuss the issues behind the reproductive rights debate.
Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, Speaker at Center for American Progress (CAP) Roe 2.0 Event, January 16, 2013
In advance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 2013, the Center for American Progress (CAP) held a lively debate on January 16, 2013 on the strategies reproductive rights activists can use over the next 40 years to secure the full promise of Roe. As our country’s demographics rapidly change, what does Roe mean to the rising electorate? What does the base of supporters look like now and in the future? How will the success in securing near-universal contraceptive coverage affect the landscape? What strategies can be employed—legal, policy, organizing, communications, and more—to engage new supporters and to ensure that Roe provides meaningful protections for all women?
Watch NAPW Executive Director in the discussion here:
NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary on December 6, 2012 at 5:30pm.
Her talk focused on "Drug Policy and the Rights of Pregnant Women and Children" and engaged members of Open Society Foundation, CEU students and faculty, and local activists.
Farah was featured in a documentary, "Freedom for Birth," about the human rights of pregnant women and the Human Rights in Childbirth conference in the Hague in March of 2012. The documentary premiered on Sept 20, with nearly 900 screenings throughout the world. Farah attended the New York City screening at the Museum of Motherhood, and spoke about NAPW's birth justice work on a panel after the film with sociologist Barbara Katz Rothman, journalist Jennifer Block, and attorney Elitsa Golab of the International Cesarean Awareness Network for an audience of 75 birth workers. Visit the website and watch the documentary here.
Felipe Luciano interviews Lynn and discusses mother's rights, racism, and the new war on reproduction. To listen to the show download here.
Megan McKenzie is a strong, resilient woman who had the courage to fight back when the State of South Carolina charged her with both civil and criminal child abuse for giving birth to a healthy, beautiful baby. The state claimed her newborn tested positive for marijuana, and while Ms. McKenzie didn't test positive for marijuana and more importantly she was providing loving, excellent care for her daughter, the prosecution and so-called child protective services proceeded with their actions against her. NAPW was part of the team that helped Megan McKenzie fight back and, eventually, win. As a result of her experiences, Megan has become a fierce advocate on behalf of other women who are similarly experiencing punitive state interventions and, as demonstrated in this BBC interview, is increasingly becoming a national and international spokesperson on these issues. She is pictured above speaking at NAPW's recent 10th Anniversary celebration.
Laura Pemberton's description of her state detention and forced cesarean surgery is now available on NAPW's Vimeo Channel
Read the essay Killing for Life Returns by Dr. Carol Mason, author of the book Killing for Life and Oklahoma-based NAPW board member.
Read Lynn Paltrow's latest commentary on The Huffington Post.
Materials from Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say
The continuing education program Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say was held on February 11, 2009 at the NYU School of Law. The program was co-sponsored by National Advocates for Pregnant Women, The NYU Silver School of Social Work and NYU School of Law. The following is a list of materials distributed during the program which may be useful for those who would like to learn more about issues covered in the program.
If you are interested in making a donation of $20 or more to NAPW you may indicate that the donation is for a copy of the CLE program book in the comments section and we will send you a complimentary copy of these materials.
The New York Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the New York University School of Law, Student Chapter present: Are a Woman's Rights Compromised Upon Becoming Pregnant? A Discussion on the Employment and Consent to Medical Treatment Rights of Pregnant Women
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New York University Law School
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York