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.

Thousands Seek End to Forced Cesareans in NY and Justice for Rinat Dray

Today thousands of New Yorkers and others in the U.S. and from around the world are demanding that Northwell Health eliminate policies and practices that authorize forced or coerced medical interventions on pregnant patients in their facilities. Through a petition organized by National Advocates for Pregnant Women and delivered today to Northwell’s CEO and Board of Trustees, thousands of people join in calling on Northwell to ensure that no pregnant patient is again denied her constitutional and statutory rights to medical decision-making and bodily integrity as Rinat Dray was at Northwell's Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).

Eight years after being forced to have cesarean surgery which injured her bladder, Rinat Dray has sued but has not received justice.

Racism, Obstetric Violence, and Black Women’s Bodies” webinar (NAPW/BRBA)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) and Birth Rights Bar Association (BRBA) are hosting a monthly webinar series featuring topics related to birth justice, reproductive justice, maternal health, and the law. During Black Maternal Health Week in April 2019, BRBA and NAPW co-sponsored a webinar entitled: “Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women’s Bodies”, with panelists Aarin Williams (Senior Staff Attorney at NAPW), Colleen Campbell, JD, Chinyere Oparah, PhD, and Oneika Bogle, that discussed the various ways Black women experience force and coercion related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Violence Against Women in the Medical Setting: An Examination of the U.S. Foster System

On May 31, 2019, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), along with Movement for Family Power and 20 non-governmental organizations, activists, public defense offices, academics, and others who work every day to advance the human rights of pregnant and parenting people submitted a set of recommendations to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women regarding the United States child protection and foster system.

Sign Our Petition That Demands Respect for All Pregnant Women!

May 20, 2019
NAPW's launched an organizing campaign that demands that New York State's largest hospital system (Northwell Health) treat pregnant people with dignity and respect. This demand includes that they establish policies to affirm that women, including pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy, are fully and equally protected by the U.S. Constitution, International Human Rights principles, New York State laws, and well established common law principles protecting patient consent, privacy, and confidentiality.

Join our webinar “Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women’s Bodies” on April 12!

NAPW is a proud sponsor of Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week 2019 #BMHW19. Please watch our webinar "Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women's Bodies," on April 12, 2019, that we are doing in collaboration with the Birth Rights Bar Association (BRBA) and Black Maternal Health Week 2019.

Webinar speakers Aarin M. Williams, JD; Colleen Camille, JD; Chinyere Oparah, PhD; and Oneika K. Bogle will be focusing on the various ways that Black women experience force and coercion related to pregnancy.

The New York Times Series ” A Woman’s Rights” (DOWNLOAD PDFs)

The New York Times Series " A Woman's Rights"
March 11, 2019
The New York Times Editorial Board published the groundbreaking series "A Woman's Rights" on December 28, 2018. Please find the entire series here.

You can read each part of the series and download individual PDFs below:

Download Intro: A Woman's Rights

Download Part 1: When Prosecutors Jail a Mother for a Miscarriage

Download Part 2: The Feticide Playbook, Explained

Download Part 3: The Cost of Complacency About Roe

Download Part 4: Slandering the Unborn

Download Part 5: The Mothers Society Condemns

Download Part 6: Can a Corpse Give Birth?

Download Part 7: How My Stillbirth Became a Crime

Download Part 8: The Future of Personhood Nation

Birth rights: Reproductive justice is a growing practice area

Author/Host - Darlene Ricker
Type of Publication - Article
Title of Publication - American Bar Association (ABA) Journal
Type of mention - NAPW quote

"'There is a grave need for knowledgable lawyers, coordinated strategy and resources,' says Indra Lusero, founder and president of the Birth Rights Bar Association and a staff attorney with National Advocates for Pregnant Women.