A beautiful, downloadable flyer announcing the National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women, Thursday, January 18– Sunday, January 21, 2007 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, Atlanta GA, providing registration information and listing just some of the many amazing co-sponsors is now available!! Please forward it to your e-mail lists, please download it and distribute to all of your networks!

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Arrests Continue, But So Do The Challenges

This week, NAPW's commentary, coauthored by NAPW summer law intern Julie Ehrlich, Jailing Pregnant Women Raises Health Risks, is featured in Women's E-news. In recent months, pregnant women have been arrested and jailed in South Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota and New Hampshire, among other states, based on the claim that pregnant women can be considered child abusers even before they have given birth.

South Carolina: Leading The Nation in the Prosecution and Punishment of Pregnant Women

Recent Arrests and Convictions

• July 2006, Gaffney: Hannah Lauren Jolly, 20 was charged with “unlawful child neglect” based on the claim that her newborn baby tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. Jolly relinquished her newborn to nurses at a hospital and was therefore protected from prosecution for abandonment by Daniel’s Law, also known as the Abandoned Babies Act.

South Dakota Activists Do the Job!

On May 30, 2006, the South Dakota Healthy Families Campaign sent a big thank you to its grassroots activists who collected more than twice the number of signatures needed to challenge South Dakota's law banning abortion. Entitled: 37,846: Thank You! they wrote:


Thanks to your hard work in circulating petitions the past nine weeks, we will be filing with the Secretary of State today, the names of nearly 38,000 South Dakotans who are calling for the repeal of the extreme abortion ban enacted by the South Dakota legislature and signed into law by Governor Rounds in March.

My Trip to South Dakota By Lynn Paltrow

While some national groups are fundraising and announcing plans to go into South Dakota, local grass roots and state based activists are already hard at work, organizing, collecting signatures, building new alliances, and defining the core issues for themselves.

South Dakota – Yes There is More That You Can Do

March 27, 2006
Are you concerned about what is happening in South Dakota? Take a look at the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families:
Learn what is happening with efforts to stop South Dakota's ban on abortion and what South Dakota activists have to say.

South Dakota’s New Murderers

South Dakota's New Murderers
March 21, 2006

TomPaine.Com Commentary
By Lynn Paltrow and Charon Asetoyer
March 08, 2006
Lynn Paltrow is the executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women in New York and Charon Asetoyer is the executive director of the Native American Women's Health and Education Resource Center in South Dakota.

Womens Media Center Exclusive: Call for New Support of Grassroots Activists By Lynn M. Paltrow

March 20, 2006
March 7
While the South Dakota Governor's decision to sign into law a ban on virtually all abortions is horrifying to many, it should not come as a much of a surprise.

Anti-abortion and conservative forces have spent the last 30 years working at the grassroots to inspire and mobilize activists and to elect anti-choice policymakers who can pass ever more restrictive abortion laws.