A National Call for Birth Justice and Accountability. How many Black, Brown, and Indigenous people have to die giving birth?

In July 2020, NAPW joined numerous allies including Ancient Song Doula Services and Black Mammas Matter in signing an open letter that served as a national call for birth justice and accountability. NAPW knows that just as police misuse their authority against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people on the streets, they also do so in hospitals and delivery rooms and with the assistance of health care professionals.

Victory for Latice Fisher in Mississippi

Victory for Latice Fisher in Mississippi

In Mississippi, Latice Fisher was charged with second degree murder after she experienced a pregnancy loss at home. She reached out to NAPW directly asking for help, and we responded immediately. We quickly joined forces with Laurie Bertram Roberts of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund and Color of Change to help get Ms. Fisher’s bail lowered and released from jail and to put pressure on the prosecutor, Scott Colom, to drop the charge.

ACTIVIST UPDATE: NAPW and Justice Ginsburg’s unfinished work

Dear Friends and Allies,

I learned that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died when Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum announced this loss at the end of Rosh Hashanah high holiday services at CBST. My wife and I “attended” services by zoom. Like most of you reading this email, we were devastated, not only by the loss of this extraordinary woman, but also by the new threat to the survival of our constitutional democracy now that there is the possibility of another Trump appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NAPW Statement in Support of Black Lives, Black Lives Matter, and Reproductive Justice for Black Lives (RJ4BlackLives.org)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women mourns the death of George Floyd and the death of every Black person murdered by police forces in the United States. We recognize the systemic problem of police brutality and join the Black Lives Matter movement in calling for immediate and radical change.

NAPW’s Work Featured in Brilliant NYT Editorial Board Series

In an 8-part series, the New York Times Editorial Board squarely addresses the core issues, intersectional frameworks, and cases NAPW has been working on for more than 17 years. It recognizes NAPW's leadership in defending the rights of pregnant women.

Know Your “Labor” Rights – panel discussion about the rights of pregnant employees and patients.

Panel discussion about the rights of pregnant employees and patients.

Join legal and reproductive health experts to learn about the employment rights of pregnant folks and their decision-making rights regarding their health care and birth plan.

Panelists include:

Chanel Porchia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC, Founder and Executive Director of Ancient Song Doula Services
Allegra Fishel, JD, Founder and Executive Director, Gender Equality Law Center
Indra Lusero, JD, Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Co-sponsored by the NYU Law Reproductive Justice Clinic

Bios

Allegra Fishel, JD

Allegra L. Fishel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gender Equality Law Center.

CNN’s United Shades of America featuring NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin M. Williams Wins an Emmy Award!

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin M. Williams appeared on CNN's "United Shades of America" where she spoke with W. Kamau Bell about intersectionality and reproductive justice and health. She explained, "If you want healthy babies then you have to take care of the woman.