On this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade -- when the spotlight is on the right to decide whether or not to have an abortion -- let's remember that Roe benefits all pregnant women.
Are Pregnant Women Persons after 20 Weeks? (Updated January 2015)
January 22, 2015
Each year, six million women in the United States become pregnant. Approximately four million women go to term, one million have abortions, and nearly one million women experience pregnancy losses, including thousands of stillbirths that occur after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Dear Friends and Allies,
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) believes that at no point in pregnancy should women lose their civil or human rights.
Fortunately, we were able to get this message out to millions of people this year through a New York Times op-ed, "Pregnant, and No Civil Rights.
This week, voters in Colorado and North Dakota defeated ballot measures that would have established separate rights for fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses.
NAPW's work on behalf of all pregnant women is getting extraordinary attention. Journalist Nina Martin has just published the first article in a series: "This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade: His writings fuel the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.
Arresting Developments (and some Victories) for Pregnant Women in the US
As if the recent Supreme Court decisions were not enough, the last few weeks have been a frightening reminder that it is not just women's rights to abortion and contraception that are at stake, but also their right to be free from arrests, prosecutions, and cruel and inhumane punishment.
In the abortion clinic access decision last week, and again on June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court reminded us that all women, including pregnant women and their families, must continue to fight for our human rights to health, living wage work, and to be recognized as full and equal members of society.
NAPW advocates for all pregnant women, including those who want to end a pregnancy and have an abortion, those who suffer miscarriages or stillbirths, and those who go to term.
NAPW has some good news for mothers this Mother's Day weekend. And by "news," we literally mean news coverage and commentary that is good for mothers.
Tennessee Ignores Experts & Advocates; Passes MeasureHarmful to Babies & Families
Despite the extraordinary efforts of an amazing coalition, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 1391 into law on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. As a result, Tennessee has become the first state to ignore the warnings of medical and public health experts and pass a law criminalizing adverse pregnancy outcomes, making those who become pregnant subject to separate and unequal laws.