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

First Fed Challenge To Pregnant Woman’s Arrest Under ‘Personhood’-Like Measure

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October 2, 2013
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FIRST FEDERAL CHALLENGE TO ARREST OF PREGNANT WOMAN UNDER"PERSONHOOD"-LIKE MEASURE FILED IN WISCONSIN
Suit filed to free woman arrested and detained in treatment facility in violation ofconstitutional rights and accepted medical standards

WISCONSIN - Attorneys for Alicia Beltran announced today that they filed a petition in federal court seeking her immediate release from state custody, challenging the constitutionality of a 1997 Wisconsin law that deprives pregnant women of their constitutional rights and permits state action that is dangerous to maternal, fetal, and child health.

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) vs. Jamie Loehnis, Jim Strachota, Mark D. Bensen, Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe (Respondents)

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) vs. Jamie Loehnis, Jim Strachota, Mark D. Bensen, Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe (Respondents)
October 01, 2013

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) v. Jamie Loehnis, in his official capacity as Executive Director of the Casa Clare Treatment Center; Jim Strachota, in his official capacity as Director of Human Services for Washington County, WI; Mark D. Bensen, in his official capacity as District Attorney for Washington County, WI; the Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe, in his official capacity as immediate custodian of Applicant Alicia Beltran (Respondents)
APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2241 BY A PERSON IN CUSTODY
Frank Declaration, Frank Exhibit A, Frank Exhibit B
Hartke Declaration, Hartke Exhibit A, Hartke Exhibit B
Imseis Declaration, Imseis Exhibit A
Schauberger Declaration, Schauberger Exhibit A
Stancliff Declaration, Stancliff Exhibit A, Stancliff Exhibit B, Stancliff Exhibit C
Kenneth A. De Ville & Loretta M. Kopelman, 1999. "Fetal Protection in Wisconsin's Revised Child Abuse Law: Right Goal, Wrong Remedy," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 27: 332-42.
US District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin Decision and Order Dismissing Case

Executive Summary: Paltrow & Flavin, “Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States (1973-2005): The implications for women’s legal status and public health,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

January 25, 2013
Executive Summary: Download file.
Published Full Article: Download file.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women’s one-of-a-kind study identifies hundreds of criminal and civil cases involving the arrests, detentions and equivalent deprivations of pregnant women’s physical liberty that occurred between 1973 and 2005, after the decision in Roe v. Wade was issued.