On Wednesday, NAPW's Organizer Kendall Bentsen testified against Texas HB 1171, a dangerous bill that would appoint an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem for a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus when Texas minors are trying to obtain an abortion through judicial bypass.
On March 17, 2020, Lynn M. Paltrow, Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, testified before the Arizona House Judiciary in opposition to Senate Bill 1457, which, among other things, would require that the Arizona constitution be construed to acknowledge, “on behalf of an unborn child at every stage of development, all rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents of this state.
NAPW Moves to Dismiss Indictment in Lauderdale County, AL Based on Unprecedented and Unconstitutional Theory Regarding Pregnancy, Chronic Pain, and Prescription Drug Use
Today, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), with local counsel Brian White, filed a motion to dismiss an indictment against Kimberly Blalock, a mother in Lauderdale County, Alabama.
Ms. Blalock gave birth to a healthy baby on September 29, 2020. She has taken hydrocodone for approximately four years to manage chronic back pain due to the degeneration of discs in her back.
On March 10 and 11, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights heard oral arguments in the case of Manuela et al. v. El Salvador. El Salvador has an absolute abortion ban. Under that law, women who have abortions go to jail along with women like Manuela who, in 2008, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering a miscarriage.
NAPW’s Comments Regarding the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Roundtable Conversation on the Biden-Harris Drug Policy Priorities
On February 20, 2021, in response to a request by the Biden-Harris Administration for input on its drug policy priorities, NAPW submitted comments to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the government entity that leads and coordinates U.S. drug policy.
Join us on 2/19 @ 2pm EST for an NAPW Webinar: Anti-Abortion and Pro-Insurrection: How White Supremacists, Male Supremacists, and Anti-Abortionists Converged at the Capitol
Dr. Carol Mason and Professor Loretta J. Ross will explain connections between the insurrectionary right and anti-abortion ideology, both of which are fueled by white supremacy and misogyny.
Join us on 1/29 @ 1pm EST for an NAPW Webinar: 5 Turning Points on the Road to Insurrection: Anti-abortionists and Trumpism
On the day of the annual “March for Life,” Dr. Carol Mason will explore the contributions of the “pro-life” movement to Trumpism.
NAPW provides a unique and base-broadening perspective on anti-abortion legislation, including laws that seek to establish separate status for fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses. As a result, allies often ask (typically at the very last minute) for our analysis of proposed legislation that on the surface appears to impact only access to abortion or to have no impact on pregnant people at all.
Dear Friends and Allies,
On January 20, many of us watched with great relief and joy as President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn in. Amanda Gorman’s soaring poem inspired us and we joined the applause for Eugene Goodman, the Capitol Police officer who faced down members of the mob that breached the Capitol on January 6. We appreciated President Biden’s inaugural address promising that “the dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer” and declaring that “we must reject a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
A National Call for Birth Justice and Accountability. How many Black, Brown, and Indigenous people have to die giving birth?
In July 2020, NAPW joined numerous allies including Ancient Song Doula Services and Black Mammas Matter in signing an open letter that served as a national call for birth justice and accountability. NAPW knows that just as police misuse their authority against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people on the streets, they also do so in hospitals and delivery rooms and with the assistance of health care professionals.