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.

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.

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.

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.

NAPW Calls on U.S. Immigration Authorities to Reverse new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Pregnancy Directive

No human being should be locked up for trying to pursue a safe life in a different country. People held in immigration jails in the U.S. - including those who are pregnant - receive dangerous and substandard health care. The current Administration has decided through a policy change to lock up even more pregnant women in immigration (ICE) jails.

NAPW Co-Hosts “American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty” event

Last month, NAPW co-hosted a public panel discussion entitled "American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty" at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. The event followed the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights’ December 2017 visit to the United States, and explored “the intersections of gender, poverty, and race, with a particular focus on how state surveillance, punishment, and limited access to health care impact the human rights of women.

U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Criticizes Detention of Pregnant Women in the U.S.

In July 2017, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a report criticizing the detention of pregnant women in the United States and highlighting the harsh Wisconsin law NAPW and our allies have been working to defeat.

NAPW Achieving Justice in These Unjust Times

Despite national and international developments that make many of us feel less than hopeful, NAPW has had a number of victories that remind us of the need to celebrate the accomplishments we have had.

Letter to DHHS re. Section 1557 of ACA

Letter to DHHS re. Section 1557 of ACA
November 16, 2015

NAPW encourages the Department of Health and Human Services to not include a specific exemption for health providers, health plans, and other covered entities on the basis of religious beliefs in its rule making on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.