Arrests and Prosecutions of Pregnant Women, 1973-2020

In 2013, the Journal of Public Health Law and Policy published National Advocates for Pregnant Women (“NAPW”) peer-reviewed study documenting arrests, detentions, and equivalent deprivations of physical liberty of women between 1973 and 2005 in which being pregnant was a necessary element of the crime or a “but for” reason for the coercive or punitive action taken.

Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Rinat Dray in Her Ongoing Fight For Justice

Last week, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) filed an amicus brief (“friend of the court”) in support of Rinat Dray in her ongoing fight for justice following unconsented and forced cesarean surgery at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).

Since 1914, New York State Courts have recognized that “Every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body.

Rinat Dray Decision Proves How Hard it is for Women Subjected to Forced Surgeries to Get Justice

On April 4, 2018, a mid-level New York appeals court ruled against Rinat Dray, reminding us of the enormous challenges women face when they seek redress for obstetric violence through the court system.

In this case Ms. Dray had gone to Staten Island University Hospital to deliver her third child.

Dray v. Staten Island University Hospital et al.

Rinat Dray, was forced to have cesarean surgery over her express objections. With NAPW’s help, Ms. Dray obtained significant media coverage of her situation and filed a lawsuit against the hospital and two physicians. In its defense, the hospital argues that since a woman in New York can be prohibited from having an abortion after a certain point in her pregnancy, she may also be denied every other right including the right to bodily integrity and the right to refuse surgery.

FL: Jennifer Goodall vs. Comprehensive Women’s Health et al.

FL: Jennifer Goodall vs. Comprehensive Women’s Health et al.
July 24, 2014
Goodall Complaint
Motion for TRO and Proposed form of TRO
Goodall Memo
Declaration of Howard Minkoff with Exhibits
Declaration of Hytham Imseis with Exhibits
Declaration of Jennifer Goodall with Exhibits
Declaration of Mary Faith Marshall with Exhibits
Order Denying Temporary Restraining Order