Victory in NJ – Methadone Treatment for Pregnant Women is Health Care, Not Harm

Today, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced its unanimous ruling in New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency v. Y.N. This decision rejects a lower court finding that a mother may be charged with civil child abuse and neglect because her newborn exhibited the transitory and treatable side effects of methadone treatment that the woman received during pregnancy.

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