NAPW in News Standard on Texas Victory

April 04, 2006

Tex. Court Overturns Convictions Under 'Fetal Rights' Law
by Michelle Chen . . .

Pointing to a stark imbalance between punitive measures and health
resources, Paltrow of National Advocates for Pregnant Women said that
pregnant women with substance-abuse problems too often lack access to
appropriate treatment facilities in their communities. Prosecutions
based on fetal-rights laws, she said, "create the illusion that there is
treatment... when in all sorts of healthcare areas, patients of all
kinds, and particularly ones... who have drug problems, are completely