NAPW Activist Update: We Can Engage in Social Distancing and Still Fight for Social Justice

 

Dear Friends and Allies,

NAPW knows that we can adhere to the recommendations for social distancing while still fighting for social justice. As we monitor the rapidly changing developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking every measure to protect the well-being of our staff while not wavering in our commitment to advocating for reproductive health, rights, and justice.

NAPW’s Work Featured in Brilliant NYT Editorial Board Series

In an 8-part series, the New York Times Editorial Board squarely addresses the core issues, intersectional frameworks, and cases NAPW has been working on for more than 17 years. It recognizes NAPW's leadership in defending the rights of pregnant women.

NAPW – Your Help Will Be Needed More Than Ever In 2020!

Dear Friends and Allies,

Why support National Advocates for Pregnant Women? Because none of us would be here without them.

The fact is none of us would be here without someone who became pregnant and gave birth. Yet the health care pregnant people need to survive and to thrive (and what the survival of the species requires) is categorized separately as reproductive health - as if it is something that only a small "special interest" subgroup of humans need.

NAPW Activist Update: Abortion and So Much More at Stake

Dear Friends and Allies,

As you have no doubt heard, the U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that they had agreed to hear the case of June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, a challenge to a Louisiana law restricting access to abortion. NAPW has long been working with allies to anticipate and develop strategies for preserving the right to choose abortion - even with the Supreme Court currently stacked with anti-abortion appointees.

How The War On Drugs Provides The Path To Ending The Right To Abortion

The war on drugs involves criminal laws that prohibit possession and distribution of certain substances by certain groups of people. It also responds to a public health issues (drug dependency) through the criminal law system. Laws that prohibit common human activities - such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, and having abortions have all failed to stop those activities.

Take Root: A Reproductive Justice Panel

Take Root: Red State Reproductive Justice has moved to Kentucky and the conference is scheduled to take place in November 2020. Please join us for a panel at the University of Kentucky's Year of Equity programming to hear organizers, activists, and healthcare providers from national organizations in red states discuss challenges, approaches, and perspectives in advancing reproductive justice.

NAPW: The Case of Alicia Beltran

Alicia Beltran, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, sought early prenatal care and confided in health care workers about prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use on her own. Instead of commending Ms. Beltran for her progress, her medical practitioners reported her to the Department of Human Services, as a result of which she was arrested on July 18, 2013 by Wisconsin law enforcement officials.

NAPW Activist Update: Ms. Jones is Free!

Dear Friends and Allies,

As many of you know, on June 26, a grand jury in Alabama indicted Marshae Jones for the crime of manslaughter because she experienced a pregnancy loss that she allegedly caused by being unable to protect herself from being shot in the stomach while 5 months pregnant.

NAPW and Professor Julie Goldscheid (CUNY Law School) issued a statement challenging false claims linking laws criminalizing abortion and related feticide laws with protection of women from violence

Some reports following New York’s passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) asserted that the RHA somehow increases the risk of gender violence. NAPW and Professor Julie Goldscheid (CUNY Law School) authored a statement challenging those claims, and other false claims linking laws criminalizing abortion and related feticide laws with protection of women from violence.