NAPW Argues in Arkansas Court of Appeals in Case of Woman Charged with Crimes After Stillbirth

On January 24, 2018, NAPW consulting attorney Dan Arshack argued before the Arkansas Court of Appeals on behalf of Anne Bynum, a woman who experienced a stillbirth at home and was convicted for "concealing a birth" and sentenced to six years in prison after she was alleged to have waited several hours to bring the fetal remains to the hospital and did not tell her mother about her pregnancy.

Victories in Idaho and New York!

NAPW recently helped get serious felony criminal charges dismissed for two women targeted in relationship to pregnancy.

A case against an Idaho woman who faced a felony injury to a child charge after alleged drug use while pregnant was dismissed in April 2017. NAPW worked together with the Idaho woman's defense lawyer who argued that the child injury statue could not be used to criminalize pregnancy or actions while pregnant, and that if the court judicially expanded the law for such a prosecution, that would violate the woman's constitutional rights.

NAPW Executive Director Lynn Paltrow Speaks at Massachusetts General Hospital September 2017

On September 15, NAPW's Founder and Executive Director Lynn M. Paltrow presented "Addressing Maternal, Fetal, and Child Health in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic" at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), addressing the consensus in the medical community that addiction is a public health issue and that treating drug use in pregnancy as a crime undermines the health of both women and children.

Save the Date for the 2018 Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference: February 23 + 24, 2018 in Norman, OK!

Next year's Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference will be February 23-24, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Take Root features speakers and leaders from the South and Midwest. Over its 8 year history, this inspiring event has brought people together to connect around a shared commitment to reproductive justice, human rights and resistance.

All Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Prosecuted for Abortion: Drug Possession Charge Remained for Almost a Year After Prosecutor Dropped Murder Charge

In long-awaited court action, all charges were finally dismissed against Kenlissia Jones, the African-American Georgia woman who had been arrested based on the claim that she had used medication she obtained online to terminate a pregnancy. National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization, provided substantial legal assistance to Ms. Jones and her criminal defense lawyer.

We Need Your Support Because We Won’t Give Up

The President-elect has stated that there must be some form of punishment for women who have abortions.

But, National Advocates for Pregnant Women has known for some time that punishing pregnant women - whatever the outcome of their pregnancies - is a present reality, not a hypothetical possibility.