Arkansas Court of Appeals Overturns Criminal Conviction for Concealing a Birth

March 14, 2018

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has issued a unanimous ruling reversing Anne Bynum’s conviction for “concealing a birth” that resulted in a sentence of six years in prison. The criminal charge and conviction stemmed from the state’s claims about Ms. Bynum’s actions after she experienced a stillbirth at home in 2015. The three-judge panel found that the trial court in Drew County had abused its discretion by allowing the jury to consider evidence about Ms. Bynum’s past pregnancies and outcomes including abortion, that “clearly prejudiced” the verdict in the case.

NAPW Co-Hosts “American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty” event

Last month, NAPW co-hosted a public panel discussion entitled "American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty" at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. The event followed the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights’ December 2017 visit to the United States, and explored “the intersections of gender, poverty, and race, with a particular focus on how state surveillance, punishment, and limited access to health care impact the human rights of women.