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.

Sign Our Petition and Demand That All Pregnant People Are Treated With Respect!

NAPW's launched an organizing campaign that demands that New York State's largest hospital system (Northwell Health) treat pregnant people with dignity and respect. This demand includes that they establish policies to affirm that women, including pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy, are fully and equally protected by the U.S. Constitution, International Human Rights principles, New York State laws, and well established common law principles protecting patient consent, privacy, and confidentiality.

Sign Our Petition That Demands Respect for All Pregnant Women!

May 20, 2019
NAPW's launched an organizing campaign that demands that New York State's largest hospital system (Northwell Health) treat pregnant people with dignity and respect. This demand includes that they establish policies to affirm that women, including pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy, are fully and equally protected by the U.S. Constitution, International Human Rights principles, New York State laws, and well established common law principles protecting patient consent, privacy, and confidentiality.

Join our webinar “Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women’s Bodies” on April 12!

NAPW is a proud sponsor of Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week 2019 #BMHW19. Please watch our webinar "Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women's Bodies," on April 12, 2019, that we are doing in collaboration with the Birth Rights Bar Association (BRBA) and Black Maternal Health Week 2019.

Webinar speakers Aarin M. Williams, JD; Colleen Camille, JD; Chinyere Oparah, PhD; and Oneika K. Bogle will be focusing on the various ways that Black women experience force and coercion related to pregnancy.

The New York Times Series ” A Woman’s Rights” (DOWNLOAD PDFs)

The New York Times Series " A Woman's Rights"
March 11, 2019
The New York Times Editorial Board published the groundbreaking series "A Woman's Rights" on December 28, 2018. Please find the entire series here.

You can read each part of the series and download individual PDFs below:

Download Intro: A Woman's Rights

Download Part 1: When Prosecutors Jail a Mother for a Miscarriage

Download Part 2: The Feticide Playbook, Explained

Download Part 3: The Cost of Complacency About Roe

Download Part 4: Slandering the Unborn

Download Part 5: The Mothers Society Condemns

Download Part 6: Can a Corpse Give Birth?

Download Part 7: How My Stillbirth Became a Crime

Download Part 8: The Future of Personhood Nation

Birth rights: Reproductive justice is a growing practice area

Author/Host - Darlene Ricker
Type of Publication - Article
Title of Publication - American Bar Association (ABA) Journal
Type of mention - NAPW quote

"'There is a grave need for knowledgable lawyers, coordinated strategy and resources,' says Indra Lusero, founder and president of the Birth Rights Bar Association and a staff attorney with National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

NAPW Organizes Opposition to Alabama’s Amendment 2

December 21, 2018
Both supporters and opponents of Alabama Amendment 2 (on the ballot November 2018) described it as a constitutional amendment that would remove all protection for abortion from the Alabama State Constitution. But NAPW recognized that Amendment 2 in its own words would do much more than just impact abortion: Amendment 2 would make it state policy--under all of Alabama's laws--to "recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.