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.

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.

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.

NAPW Public Education in the Classroom and Beyond (Fall 2018)

NAPW Public Education in the Classroom and Beyond (Fall 2018)
December 21, 2018
Over the last few months, NAPW has had the opportunity to speak to students, faculty members and the public around the country on a range of issues, including: birth justice, the criminalization of pregnancy, gender-discriminatory advanced directive laws, obstetric violence and more.

NAPW at the 2018 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute in Atlanta, GA

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams and Research & Program Associate Victoria St. Clair attended Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s inaugural Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute in Atlanta, GA! The 2018 Conference and Training Institute focused on “Empowering the Movement for Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice”. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with and learn from maternal health care providers, advocates and activists around the country fighting for Black maternal health, rights and justice.

Activist Update: Yes the sky is falling…Together, we will hold up the sky

The last few weeks have been horrendous. The Muslim ban (too often misnamed a travel ban), the decision allowing fake clinics to deny pregnant women truthful information (making a mockery of free speech principles), and the attack on workers (overturning long-standing precedent and striking down public sector union fees).
And then there was the announcement of Justice Kennedy's resignation.

Video recording of “American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty” now available online, and NAPW highlighted in UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights’ June 2018 report

In February 2018, timed to build upon the December 2017 fact-finding mission to the United States by Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, NAPW co-hosted a discussion of the unique ways in which poverty affects women across the United States.