IN: Purvi Patel

October 30, 2015
Trial Court: State of Indiana v. Purvi Patel
Brief filed in the St. Joseph Superior Court

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Health and Bioethics Experts, Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights Organizations (11/6/14)

Appellate Court: Purvi Patel v. State of Indiana
Briefs filed in the Court of Appeals of Indiana

Appellant's Brief - Filed by Attorneys Joel Schumm and Lawrence C. Marshall

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Health and Bioethics Experts, Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights Organizations (10/1/15)

Brief of Amici Curiae Asian-American and Pacific Islander Organizations in Support of Appellant

Brief of Amici Curiae National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, et al.

Victories, Patel Update, TN Wrap-up, and Global Connections

NAPW challenge to Wisconsin law will go to federal court

On Sept. 30, a federal district court judge issued a ruling that allows NAPW to go forward with a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin's so-called "cocaine mom law." Passed in 1997, this law allows the state to detain pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy, if they use or admit to past use of alcohol or drugs.

NAPW marks 2 legal victories in states that have incarcerated women based on pregnancy and drug-use claims; Appeal will free Arkansas woman, Wisconsin case moves forward

NEW YORK - On Oct. 8, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Melissa McCann Arms, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person when she gave birth in 2013. The Arms v. State of Arkansas victory comes a week after a federal district court ruling that allowed a constitutional challenge to the 1997 Wisconsin "cocaine mom" law to go forward.