Leading Medical and International Human Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs Opposing Wisconsin Act 292

The Wisconsin Medical Association, American Medical Association and other leading medical groups, as well as Amnesty International and other international human rights groups, and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel are all supporting National Advocates for Pregnant Women’s (NAPW) litigation opposing Wisconsin Act 292, a law that permits detention, incarceration, and forced medical interventions on pregnant women.

NAPW Fights to Preserve Court Victory Striking Down “Unborn Child Protection” Law

New York, May 18, 2017—Three weeks ago, the federal court struck down a Wisconsin law authorizing the detention, forced treatment, and incarceration of pregnant women as unconstitutional. The law allowed the state to seize control of women, detain them in jail or other locked facilities, and force them to submit to unconsented to and inappropriate treatment if they are pregnant and use – or even disclose past use of – any amount of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Federal Court Declares Wisconsin “Unborn Child Protection” Law Unconstitutional: Law permitting forced treatment and detention of pregnant women is struck down, effective immediately

On Friday evening, April 28, 2017, a federal court in Wisconsin struck down a state law authorizing the detention, forced treatment, and incarceration of pregnant women as unconstitutional.

NAPW marks 2 legal victories in states that have incarcerated women based on pregnancy and drug-use claims; Appeal will free Arkansas woman, Wisconsin case moves forward

NEW YORK - On Oct. 8, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Melissa McCann Arms, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person when she gave birth in 2013. The Arms v. State of Arkansas victory comes a week after a federal district court ruling that allowed a constitutional challenge to the 1997 Wisconsin "cocaine mom" law to go forward.

Resistance Matters

NAPW and our allies' recent victories show how important it is to resist attacks on pregnant women's personhood -- and how equally important it is to organize with our allies to reframe the debate.

Defeating Colorado Feticide Law

With NAPW's support, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), NARAL Colorado, Planned Parenthood of Colorado, and partners did what most thought would be impossible: We stopped Colorado from becoming the 39th state to adopt a feticide law.

Roe v. Wade at 42: Important for All Women

On this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade -- when the spotlight is on the right to decide whether or not to have an abortion -- let's remember that Roe benefits all pregnant women.

Pregnancy Is Not a Crime – Support NAPW!

Dear Friends and Allies,

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) believes that at no point in pregnancy should women lose their civil or human rights.

Fortunately, we were able to get this message out to millions of people this year through a New York Times op-ed, "Pregnant, and No Civil Rights.

Tamara M. Loertscher v. J.B. van Hollen, in his official capacity as AG of State of Wisconsin, and Eloise Anderson, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families

Tamara M. Loertscher v. J.B. van Hollen, in his official capacity as AG of State of Wisconsin, and Eloise Anderson, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families
December 16, 2014

Complaint and Appendix Filed with the United States District Court in Western District of Wisconsin
Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Appendix Filed January 15, 2015