About Us

NAPW's Mission

Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization in 2001, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment — low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.

NAPW Provides Legal Defense for Pregnant Women

NAPW defends women who are pregnant and have abortions, experience pregnancy loss, use drugs or alcohol, and who continue their pregnancies and give birth. Our work, however, is not limited to criminal or parent defense work, nor is it limited to any single issue, strategy, or niche.

NAPW Ensures Constitutional and Human Rights

NAPW works to ensure that women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy; that addiction and other health and welfare problems women face during pregnancy are addressed through public health and social welfare systems, not the criminal law system; that families are not needlessly separated based on medical misinformation about pregnancy and drug use; and that all people, including those who can get pregnant, have access to all of the health care services they need, including abortion and maternity care.

NAPW Wins Legal Cases

NAPW wins cases that free women from prisons and jails, keeps families together, and protects pregnant women from wrongful child welfare interventions, forced medical interventions and treatments, and other forms of state control based on pregnancy.

NAPW uses each case we litigate and each issue we take on as an opportunity to empower local activists and women who are directly affected; support grassroots organizations; mobilize medical, public health, and social justice experts and organizations; and educate policymakers, practitioners, and the public.

Two principles guide all NAPW activities:

  1. Build Bridges and Align Agendas Across Public Health and Social Justice Movements.
  2. Leverage Grassroots Organizing and Activism with Grasstops Legal Advocacy and Policy Work.

Two principles guide all NAPW activities:

1.

Build Bridges and Align Agendas Across Public Health and Social Justice Movements.

2.

Leverage Grassroots Organizing and Activism with Grasstops Legal Advocacy and Policy Work.

NAPW Believes

All people are entitled to dignity, equality, and fairness regardless of race, immigration status, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, capacity for pregnancy, pregnancy, or stage of pregnancy including labor and delivery.

  • Reproductive Justice, a visionary ideology created by women leaders of color, provides the comprehensive, human rights framework that is essential to ensure the health and rights of all pregnant and parenting people.
  • Health care is a human right for everyone including people with the capacity for pregnancy. Maternal and reproductive health care are not special or separate kinds of health care — but rather what half of the human race needs to ensure their health and what all human beings need for the survival of the species.
  • We can achieve equality for pregnant women and full recognition of their constitutional personhood.