Rachel Lowe Case Narrative

Rachael Lowe, a twenty-year-old pregnant woman, voluntarily went to Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin to seek help for her addiction to the opiate Oxycontin. Some hospital staff responded by reporting Lowe to state authorities under Wisconsin’s “cocaine mom” law, a statute in the Children’s Code that allows the state to take a pregnant woman into custody if it believes that the “expectant mother habitually lacks self-control in the use of alcohol beverages, controlled substances or controlled substance analogs.

Challenging The Myths: Pregnant Women, Crack, & Healthy Children who Succeed

In this video, Mary Barr addresses a CLE on Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting on the question: "What Kind of Kids & Teens do Children Prenatally Exposed to Cocaine Turn Out to Be?"

Mary Barr is the Founder and Executive Director of Conextions, Inc, a non-profit organization educating the public and prisoners about addictions and related health and justice system issues.

Traditional Values Coalition vs. NAPW?

We knew that our recent commentary and video that challenges PersonhoodUSA was likely to draw fire from the Right. We were not mistaken. Shortly after releasing our video and commentary, Andrea Lafferty, President of the Traditional Values Coalition, wrote a response seeking to discredit National Advocates for Pregnant Women by "exposing" our work on behalf of drug using pregnant women.