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Demanding Respectful Birth on Staten Island

Some New Yorkers think that attacks on reproductive rights and health are confined to far-away places such as Alabama and Tennessee. But right here in New York City, a hospital is arguing and courts are so far accepting the idea that there is a point in pregnancy when patients lose their rights to bodily integrity and medical decision-making.

Know Your “Labor” Rights – panel discussion about the rights of pregnant employees and patients.

Panel discussion about the rights of pregnant employees and patients.

Join legal and reproductive health experts to learn about the employment rights of pregnant folks and their decision-making rights regarding their health care and birth plan.

Panelists include:

Chanel Porchia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC, Founder and Executive Director of Ancient Song Doula Services
Allegra Fishel, JD, Founder and Executive Director, Gender Equality Law Center
Indra Lusero, JD, Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Co-sponsored by the NYU Law Reproductive Justice Clinic

Bios

Allegra Fishel, JD

Allegra L. Fishel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gender Equality Law Center.

NAPW Activist Update: Abortion and So Much More at Stake

Dear Friends and Allies,

As you have no doubt heard, the U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that they had agreed to hear the case of June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, a challenge to a Louisiana law restricting access to abortion. NAPW has long been working with allies to anticipate and develop strategies for preserving the right to choose abortion - even with the Supreme Court currently stacked with anti-abortion appointees.

How The War On Drugs Provides The Path To Ending The Right To Abortion

The war on drugs involves criminal laws that prohibit possession and distribution of certain substances by certain groups of people. It also responds to a public health issues (drug dependency) through the criminal law system. Laws that prohibit common human activities - such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, and having abortions have all failed to stop those activities.

NAPW in the Battery Powered Finals!

In August, National Advocates for Pregnant Women was invited to apply for a Battery Powered (BP) funding award. Battery Powered is the collective giving program of The Battery, a San Francisco social club. BP’s 650 members select three themes per year to focus on and then make grants to organization that will address those issues.

CNN’s United Shades of America featuring NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin M. Williams Wins an Emmy Award!

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin M. Williams appeared on CNN's "United Shades of America" where she spoke with W. Kamau Bell about intersectionality and reproductive justice and health. She explained, "If you want healthy babies then you have to take care of the woman.

NAPW Makes Submissions to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Support of Pregnant and Parenting People

Today, NAPW along with numerous allies provided a joint submission to the United Nations, titled Criminalization and Civil Punishment of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes and joined another joint submission, titled Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, to inform the U.N. Human Rights Council's upcoming review of the United States on the status of human rights in our country.

A Statement from National Advocates for Pregnant Women: The Dangerous Litigation That Sells Out Science and Hurts Women and Babies

In the context of the nationwide litigation seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies liable for the over-prescription of opioids in the U.S, a team of private lawyers calling themselves the “Opioid Justice League” is seeking court approval to separately represent the interests of children born to women who used opioids during pregnancy.

Victory in Tennessee: Prosecutor Drops All Charges Against Tiffany Roberts!

On August 1, 2019, a prosecutor in Chattanooga, TN appeared in court and dropped all charges against Tiffany Roberts.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women and a coalition of Tennessee and national advocates and experts spoke out quickly and forcefully against the arrest and charges brought against Tiffany Roberts on July 23 in Chattanooga.

URGENT ACTION: Demand that Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston dismiss charges against Ms. Roberts in TN!

Late last week, Tiffany Roberts of Chattanooga was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect and viable fetus as a victim after experiencing a miscarriage at 23 weeks. She was pregnant with twins and faces charges for each separately and remains in jail unable to post the $1 million bond.