ACTIVIST UPDATE: NAPW and Justice Ginsburg’s unfinished work

Dear Friends and Allies,

I learned that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died when my Rabbi read her name during the prayer for the dead at the end of Rosh Hashanah high holiday services. My wife and I “attended” services by zoom. Like most of you reading this email, we were devastated, not only by the loss of this extraordinary woman, but also by the new threat to the survival of our constitutional democracy now that there is the possibility of another Trump appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NAPW News Release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Concludes that Experiencing a Stillbirth is Not the Same as Murder and Supports Court Petition to Free Chelsea Becker

Chelsea Becker remains in Kings County jail charged with murder under California Penal Code §187 for having a stillbirth

On Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief stating that California Penal Code §187 does not authorize prosecutors to treat pregnancy losses as crimes of murder, and called for the criminal charges against Chelsea Becker to be dropped.

NAPW Activist Update: Anticipating the Decision in June Medical Services v. Russo

Dear Friends and Allies,

In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, the first abortion case since Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh became members of the Court. The Court will be ruling on the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that is identical to a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court in the 2016 case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

Take Action to FREE Chelsea Becker!

CALL TO URGENT ACTION:
Demand that Kings County, California District Attorney Keith L. Fagundes dismiss the murder charge against Chelsea Becker!
On November 6, 2019, Chelsea Becker was arrested and charged with murder under California Penal Code §187. Ms. Becker had experienced a stillbirth that the prosecutor claims (without any scientific basis) was caused by her methamphetamine use during pregnancy.

Race, Pregnancy, and the Opioid Epidemic

In NAPW's study, Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973-2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health, Jeanne Flavin and Lynn M. Paltrow documented the fact that an overwhelming and disproportionate number of arrests and detentions were brought against women of color and especially low-income Black women.

FACT SHEET: FREE CHELSEA BECKER!

Chelsea Becker Should Not Spend One More Day in Jail

On November 5, 2019, Chelsea Becker was arrested and charged with murder under California Penal Code §187. Ms. Becker had experienced a stillbirth that the prosecutor claims (without scientific basis) was caused by her methamphetamine use during pregnancy.