Webinar: “From Complicity to Resistance: Demanding an Abolitionist and Ethical Model of Social Work in Reproductive Justice”

Watch the webinar recording on our YouTube channel.

NAPW, JMacForFamilies, Drug Policy Alliance, The Bronx Defenders, and The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work convened to discuss the role social workers play in the oppression, criminalization, and surveillance of pregnant and postpartum people within the criminal and family policing (commonly known as child welfare) systems.

Webinar Recording Available! When Pregnancy is Used to Deny Pregnant Patients Their Civil and Human Rights

Experts Address the Rights of Pregnant Patients to Informed Consent, Bodily Integrity, and Medical Decision Making

What happens when a pregnant patient exercises their right to medical decision making? Is there any justification to override a pregnant patient’s consent? Join NAPW for a discussion featuring leaders in bioethics, medicine, law and birth justice about pregnant patients' rights to informed consent, bodily integrity, and medical decision making and the trauma that forced medical interventions can inflict on pregnant people.

WEBINAR: Pregnancy and Drug Use in the Central Valley: Hear from the Experts

Drug use and pregnancy are sensitive subjects that are often addressed without the opportunity to hear from experts. Please view our webinar featuring medical experts who discuss evidence-based research on drug use, addiction, and pregnancy. In addition, local legal and community advocates offer insight into the current responses to drug use and pregnancy in the Central Valley and approaches that will advance maternal, fetal, and child health.

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 at American Bar Association’s National Conference on Parent Representation

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan and Director of Legal Advocacy Nancy Rosenbloom attended and spoke at this year’s American Bar Association National Conference on Parent Representation in Washington, D.C. in April 2019. This conference “is designed for advocates who focus on parent advocacy in the child welfare system”, including many parent defense attorneys from around the country.

NAPW at the 2019 Harm Reduction International Conference in Porto, Portugal

NAPW Executive Director Lynn Paltrow chaired a panel at this year’s Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19) on “Women’s Empowerment”, with panelists Jade Boyd, Darla Matyushina-Ocheret, Aura Rolg and Isadora Simoes de Souza. The conference took place in Porto, Portugal, and brought together advocates and activists from around the world to connect around a shared commitment to harm reduction.

NAPW Co-Hosts “American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty” event

Last month, NAPW co-hosted a public panel discussion entitled "American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty" at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. The event followed the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights’ December 2017 visit to the United States, and explored “the intersections of gender, poverty, and race, with a particular focus on how state surveillance, punishment, and limited access to health care impact the human rights of women.

Indiana Forum: Challenging Stigma and Misinformation in the Bei Bei Shuai case

On Wednesday evening June 26, 2013, approximately 50 people attended an Indianapolis forum sponsored by a dozen local and national organizations.

The forum, Suicide & Mental Health: Should Pregnant Women Be Treated Differently?, sparked a compelling op-ed by Professor Terry Jett in the Indianapolis Star, “Bei Bei Shuai was vulnerable and pregnant, but not a criminal,” and an article about the event and one of its organizers, “Bei Bei Shuai case leads Butler professor to hold forum on pregnancy and suicide.