New Study Reveals the Impact of Post-Roe v Wade and ‘Pro-Life’ Measures

On January 15, 2013, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law published a study, "Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973-2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health," written by Lynn M. Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, and Jeanne Flavin, Professor of Sociology at Fordham University and NAPW Board President.

“Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow: Reproductive Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

January 14, 2013

Lynn M. Paltrow, American Journal of Public Health, 2013, Vol. 103, No. 1
Abstract: All pregnant women, not just those who seek to end a pregnancy, have benefited from Roe v Wade. Today’s system of mass incarceration makes it likely that if Roe is overturned women who have abortions will go to jail.

Press Statement: National Advocates for Pregnant Women’s Lynn Paltrow on Alabama Supreme Court’s Decision in “Personhood” Measure in Disguise Case

JANUARY 12, 2013
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JANUARY 12, 2013

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women’s Lynn Paltrow on Alabama Supreme Court’s Decision in “Personhood” Measure in Disguise Case

New York, NY – In response to the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in Ex Parte Ankrom and Kimbrough yesterday, National Advocates for Pregnant Women released the following statement from founder and executive director Lynn Paltrow:

“This decision is judicial activism at its most dangerous.

Help NAPW? Yes you can!

The elections are over, but the fight for pregnant women's personhood is not.

During the past year, NAPW celebrated numerous legal advocacy successes, obtained unprecedented media coverage, and saw that our grassroots organizing strategies are working.

Electricity, Elections, and the Need for Full-On Engagement

With NAPW's electricity back on after Hurricane Sandy and the elections over, there is much to celebrate and even more to do. As the New York Times editorial the day after the election warned: No one should expect a post election letup in the continuing courtroom fights over state efforts to restrict women's access to safe and legal abortions.

Fighting Personhood Measures — In Disguise

December 02, 2011

We are still celebrating the fact that Mississippians soundly rejected the so-called “personhood” measure that would have given fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses separate legal rights. We know that when people understand that fetal separatist measures hurt all pregnant women, they mobilize.

Victory in MS

Yesterday, Mississippians rejected (58-42) Proposition 26 that would have recognized fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses as separate legal persons under Mississippi law. Put another way, yesterday, 58% of Mississippians supported and reaffirmed the constitutional personhood of pregnant women.