Every leading medical and public health organization to address the issue of pregnant women and drug use has taken a position opposing punitive approaches as dangerous to maternal, fetal and child health. Please read the information below or download this fact sheet providing summaries of and citations to these statements.
Last week President Trump and the Republican Party released their plan (Trumpcare) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Their plan guts the ACA, slashes Medicaid, and will result in 52 million people being uninsured over the next 10 years.
March 22, 2017
This fact sheet from NAPW explains how Trumpcare targets Planned Parenthood and is likely to impact pregnant women in particular. Click here for a pdf of the fact sheet.
April 07, 2015
Fact sheets available for download about North Carolina's 2015 SB 297, a bill proposed "to create the criminal offense of prenatal narcotic drug use."
North Carolina SB 297: http://bit.ly/NCSB297
NAPW Fact Sheet about SB 297: http://bit.
Colorado and North Dakota voters will be deciding on two very important ballot measures this Election Day. These measures have the potential to impact ALL pregnant women, whether or not they decide to carry pregnancies to term.
Today, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) released an online video How Colorado's Amendment 67 and North Dakota's Measure 1 Can Hurt All Pregnant Women.
October 06, 2014
Learn more about the facts behind Colorado's Amendment 67. Download the Fact Sheet below:
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Prenatal Exposure to Illegal Drugs and Alcohol: Media Hype and Enduring Myths Are Not Supported By Science
March 24, 2010
Download a pdf of this fact sheet here
Based on the extraordinary misinformation that appeared frequently in the popular press, many people believe that a pregnant woman who uses any amount of an illegal drug or alcohol will inevitably harm or even kill her fetus.
September 11, 2009
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August 20, 2009
The significant and well-documented public misunderstanding, stigma, and cultural myth surrounding drug use and addiction, particularly in the context of pregnancy and parenting, strongly suggests the need for expert testimony to clarify these issues to the court and to ensure diligent representation and zealous advocacy on behalf of the parties involved.