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Earlier this year, the Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down Act 292 (also known as the "Unborn Child Protection" Act)--a law that permits detention, incarceration, and forced medical interventions on pregnant women--as unconstitutionally vague.
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.
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.
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.
To say that 2017 has been off to an intense start is a gross understatement. We are very proud though of the activism and commitment we are seeing everywhere.
The President-elect has stated that there must be some form of punishment for women who have abortions.
But, National Advocates for Pregnant Women has known for some time that punishing pregnant women - whatever the outcome of their pregnancies - is a present reality, not a hypothetical possibility.
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.
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.
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.