PRESS RELEASE: Nationwide Coalition Calls on Department of Justice to Denounce Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2014

Contact: Lynn Paltrow, NAPW, (212) 255-9252
Cherisse Scott, SisterReach, (901) 310-5488

Nationwide Coalition Calls on Department of Justice to Denounce Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

Today, a coalition of 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women’s rights and civil liberties organizations sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to renounce enhanced criminal penalties for women on the basis of pregnancy.

Press Release: NEW YORK APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS THE RIGHTS OF PREGNANT WOMEN

Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sarah E. Burns: (845) 820-1671
Lynn M. Paltrow: (212) 255-9252
Katharine Bodde: (212) 607-3372

NEW YORK APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS THE RIGHTS OF PREGNANT WOMEN

New York (November 14, 2013): Today, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, rejected a lower Family Court’s finding that a woman’s decision to move from California to New York while pregnant was so “reprehensible” that it could bar New York courts from hearing her child custody case.

NJ: New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. Y.N., In the Matter of P.A.C., a Minor

NJ: New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. Y.N., In the Matter of P.A.C., a Minor
August 01, 2013

Amended Brief of Amici Curiae Experts in Maternal and Fetal Health, Public Health, and Drug Treatment in Support of Defendant-Petitioner
List of Amicus Curiae: Experts in Maternal and Fetal Health, Public Health, and Drug Treatment in Support of Defendant-Petitioner

NAPW is proud to be a part of this FL 11 Circuit Court of Appeals important victory!

11th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Fourth Amendment Challenge to Florida's Suspicionless Drug Testing Program
Press Release:
February 26, 2013

Drug Policy Alliance filed Amicus Brief Challenging Random Drug Testing Program

Today, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Lebron v. Secretary, Florida Department of Children and Families, upheld a preliminary injunction that halted Florida’s law requiring drug testing of public assistance applicants as a condition of receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (“TANF”).

Florida’s drug testing law was challenged by Navy veteran, single father and University of Central Florida student Luis LeBron who applied for TANF but refused to be drug tested.

NAPW – Victory for Pregnant Women and Children in NJ

In a major victory for New Jersey's pregnant women and families, the state's Supreme Court announced a unanimous opinion in New Jersey Division of Youth & Family Services v. A.L. recognizing that 1) the state's child protection laws do not give the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services) jurisdiction or control over pregnant women, and 2) that positive drug tests on pregnant women and newborns do not alone establish neglect.