NAPW Makes Submissions to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Support of Pregnant and Parenting People

Today, NAPW along with numerous allies provided a joint submission to the United Nations, titled Criminalization and Civil Punishment of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes and joined another joint submission, titled Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, to inform the U.N. Human Rights Council's upcoming review of the United States on the status of human rights in our country.

Victory in Tennessee: Prosecutor Drops All Charges Against Tiffany Roberts!

On August 1, 2019, a prosecutor in Chattanooga, TN appeared in court and dropped all charges against Tiffany Roberts.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women and a coalition of Tennessee and national advocates and experts spoke out quickly and forcefully against the arrest and charges brought against Tiffany Roberts on July 23 in Chattanooga.

URGENT ACTION: Demand that Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston dismiss charges against Ms. Roberts in TN!

Late last week, Tiffany Roberts of Chattanooga was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect and viable fetus as a victim after experiencing a miscarriage at 23 weeks. She was pregnant with twins and faces charges for each separately and remains in jail unable to post the $1 million bond.

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.

Reproductive Justice and Anti Violence 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.

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan in Ms. Magazine

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan authored "The Crime Was Pregnancy," published in the Summer 2019 issue of Ms. Magazine. This important piece provides an update to Janet Gallagher's Ms. Magazine article "The Fetus and the Law -- Whose Life Is It Anyway," published over 35 years ago.

NAPW Open Letters in the case of Ms. Roberta J. Baker in St. Francois County, Missouri

In February 2018, Ms Roberta Baker, a mother in St. Francois County, Missouri who lost her baby around 24 hours after giving birth, was charged with felony child abuse and neglect. Ms. Baker did not receive health care during her pregnancy and birth because she did not have a health care provider she could access or trust.

A Statement from National Advocates for Pregnant Women About Alabama’s Inhumanity to Pregnant Women

Update: On July 3, District Attorney Lynneice Washington did the right thing by announcing her office would not pursue any criminal charges against Ms. Jones.

On June 27, prosecutors in Alabama unsealed an indictment for manslaughter against Marshae Jones based on the claim that being pregnant and being the victim of what would ordinarily be viewed as a crime, is itself a crime.

Watch NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams on CNN’s “United Shades of America”!

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams was featured on the 5/19/19 episode of CNN’s “United Shades of America” hosted by W. Kamau Bell. This episode, “Body Politics”, focused on reproductive rights and justice in Jackson, Mississippi, and Aarin grounded the episode in a discussion of intersectionality, reproductive justice, and maternal health.

NAPW: The Case of Shirley Wheeler

Anti-abortion measures infringe on the constitutional rights and the personhood of all women. Anti-abortion ideology is used to justify forced medical interventions on pregnant women and arrests and detentions of pregnant women who have experienced pregnancy losses, disagreed with doctor’s advice, or had or attempted to have an abortion.