NAPW Supports El Salvadoran Women and Girls’ Human Rights!

NAPW and NYU Law School's Reproductive Justice Clinic, along with more than twenty leading international human rights and public health experts, submitted an amicus (friend of the court) brief to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the "Commission") in support of Manuela, a woman who died in prison after being convicted under El Salvador's total abortion ban.

Anna Yocca in TN Pleads Guilty Despite Unconstitutionality of the Charge

On January 9, 2017 Anna Yocca of Tennessee pleaded guilty to attempted procurement of a miscarriage a class E Felony, in exchange for her immediate release from jail.

Her case dates back to December 8, 2015, when Tennessee prosecutors indicted Ms. Yocca for attempted first degree murder based on the claim that she had used a coat hanger in an attempt to terminate her approximately 24 week pregnancy.

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.

A Major Victory for Pregnant Women

National Advocates for Pregnant Women was the first national organization to offer support to Jennie McCormack, an Idaho woman who was arrested for having an abortion. We are thrilled to report an important victory in Ms. McCormack's case. Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its second opinion in McCormack v. Herzog, holding that it is unconstitutional to prosecute women for having abortions, and striking down several parts of Idaho's laws that limit women's rights and access to abortion.

NAPW Decries Purvi Patel’s Sentence of 41 Years

NATIONAL ADVOCATES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN DECRIES PURVI PATEL'S SENTENCE OF 41 YEARS

First Conviction and Sentence for the Crime of FeticideBecause a Woman Sought to Terminate Her Own Pregnancy

South Bend, Indiana: Today, a St. Joseph County judge sentenced Purvi Patel to 41 years for the crimes of feticide and neglect of a dependent (Patel will serve 20 of the 41 years in prison). While Patel consistently maintained that she experienced a miscarriage, prosecutors claimed that she attempted to terminate her own pregnancy but gave birth to a baby who she then neglected and allowed to die.