Public Education

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.

ED Lynn Paltrow Featured Speaker at NYU's Carr Center for RJ Annual Conference

March 24, 2014

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.

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NAPW's Lynn Paltrow to Speak at Madison, WI 3/26 Public Event

March 24, 2014

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.

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4th Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on RJ Conference

March 20, 2014
NAPW Celebrates the Successful 4th Annual
Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference

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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!

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Lynn Paltrow Keynote Speaker for WV Free Annual Gala 1/22

January 18, 2014

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.

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NAPW's Lynn Paltrow Speaks at Tulane University 1/30 & 1/31

January 17, 2014

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.

Project Prevention, Child Welfare, and Junk Science

December 13, 2013

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:

  • Dinah Adames & Sabra Jackson, Parent Advocates;
  • Lynn Paltrow, JD, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women;
  • Emma Ketteringham, JD, Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice of The Bronx Defenders;
  • Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, MSW, Director, Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations;
  • Carl Hart, PhD, Associate Professor, Columbia University;
  • Robert Newman, MD, MPH, President Emeritus, Beth Israel Medical Center
  • 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

    October 02, 2013
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    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.

    Lynn Paltrow, ED, to give common hour lecture on 10/10 at Franklin & Marshall College

    August 05, 2013

    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"

    July 12, 2013

    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.

    NAPW Co-Sponsors June 26, 2013 Event in Indiana on Suicide, Mental Health & Healing

    June 27, 2013

    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.

    ED, Lynn Paltrow, speaks at the Innocence Project's summer brown bag lunch series

    June 26, 2013
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    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.

    Lynn Paltrow, ED, presents at YP4 June 2013 Northeast Regional Training in New York City

    June 16, 2013
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    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

    June 13, 2013
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    The 2013 International Hard Reduction Conference (IHRC) happened in Vilnius, Lithuania from June 9 to June 12, 2013. NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, was sponsored to attend and speak. Ms. Paltrow chaired a plenary event on Monday, June 10, 2013 on "Developing harm reduction services for women who use drugs," and participated in another session that day on "Parenting and Drug Use." The full conference agenda is available on the IHRC website.

    Lynn Paltrow, ED, & Jeanne Flavin, PhD & NAPW Board President, attend & present at U.Michigan RJ Conference

    June 01, 2013
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    The University of Michigan hosted a Reproductive Justice conference from May 29 - May 31, 2013 on "Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates, Academics in Ann Arbor." NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, and Jeanne Flavin, NAPW Board President & Fordham University Professor of Sociology, attended the conference and spoke on a panel about "Cultivating Collaborations: Academics and Advocates Discuss Partnerships." Additionally, Ms. Paltrow led a working session on "Mass Incarceration, 'War on Drugs,' and Reproductive Justice." Further information about the conference can be found on this website.

    Farah Diaz-Tello, NAPW Staff Attorney, appears on RTV about MS Nina Buckhalter case

    May 31, 2013

    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:

    POSTPONED: Lynn Paltrow's, NAPW ED, appearance on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts Postponed

    May 24, 2013

    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

    May 21, 2013

    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.

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    Farah Diaz-Tello, NAPW Staff Attorney, speaks at SUNY New Paltz RJ Conference

    April 27, 2013

    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.


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    Lynn Paltrow, ED, gives public lecture at Princeton University on April 24, 2013

    April 26, 2013

    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."

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    Lynn Paltrow, ED, leads two-part CLE at the Queens County Bar Association with Emma Ketteringham and Dr. Carl Hart

    April 24, 2013

    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."

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    NAPW attends & sponsors 2013 CLPP Conference at Hampshire College

    April 15, 2013

    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

    April 06, 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.

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    E.D. Lynn Paltrow speaks at various Universities in Indiana in March 2013

    March 27, 2013

    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."

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    NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, plenary speaker at ACN Conference on March 17, 2013

    March 13, 2013

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    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?"

    Lynn Paltrow speaker at American University Washington College of Law - March 7, 2013

    February 22, 2013

    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

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    NAPW supports, attends, and speaks at 3rd Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference in Oklahoma

    February 17, 2013

    NAPW continued to support the organization and planning of the Third Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference.

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    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!

    NAPW Executive Director on Moyers & Company with NLIRH's Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas

    January 26, 2013

    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

    January 17, 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:


    Roe 2.0: Strategies for the Next Generation of Reproductive Rights Activism

    Lynn Paltrow, ED, at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, Dec. 6, 2012

    December 07, 2012

    NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary on December 6, 2012 at 5:30pm.

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    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.

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    Farah Diaz-Tello, NAPW Staff Attorney appears in Freedom for Birth Documentary

    September 20, 2012

    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.

    Lynn Paltrow does interview on NY Radio- WBAI: WakeUp Call

    July 13, 2011

    Felipe Luciano interviews Lynn and discusses mother's rights, racism, and the new war on reproduction. To listen to the show download here.

    NAPW ally Megan McKenzie on BBC Newshour

    July 13, 2011

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    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.

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    Click here to hear Lynn Paltrow on KSRO Newsradio - The Rights of Pregnant Women

    January 21, 2010

    Laura Pemberton Talk Now Available on Line

    June 23, 2009

    Laura Pemberton's description of her state detention and forced cesarean surgery is now available on NAPW's Vimeo Channel

    New commentary by NAPW board member

    June 05, 2009

    Read the essay Killing for Life Returns by Dr. Carol Mason, author of the book Killing for Life and Oklahoma-based NAPW board member.

    Obama, the Bishops and the "Right to Life"

    May 15, 2009

    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

    March 09, 2009

    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.

    NAPW to Present in New York City

    October 01, 2008

    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
    Vanderbilt Hall
    40 Washington Square South
    Room 210
    New York, New York