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NAPW Seeks Plaintiffs to Challenge Alabama Law Used to Arrest and Prosecute Pregnant Women

September 30, 2014

NATIONAL ADVOCATES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN SEEKS PLAINTIFFSTO CHALLENGE ALABAMA LAW USED TO ARREST AND PROSECUTE PREGNANT WOMEN

Since 2006, more than 130 Alabama women who became pregnant and tested positive for a controlled substance have been arrested under the theory that a pregnant woman’s uterus is a dangerous “environment” no different from a methamphetamine lab.

NAPW Participates in United Nations’ Second Review of the USA Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process

NAPW Participates in United Nations' Second Review of the USA Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process
September 26, 2014

NAPW was approached by INPUD/INWUD (International Network of People/Women Who Use Drugs), who were hoping to cite our research on arrests and detentions of pregnant women in a shadow report for the United Nations' second review of the United States under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

PRESS RELEASE: Leading Experts & Organizations Challenge Tennessee Medical Association’s Role in New Pregnancy Criminalization Law

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JULY 17, 2014

CONTACT: ALEX WALDEN: (202) 587-2868
AWALDEN@RABENGROUP.COM

LEADING EXPERTS AND ORGANIZATIONS CHALLENGE TENNESSEE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S ROLE IN NEW PREGNANCY CRIMINALIZATION LAW
National Advocates for Pregnant Women and More Than 70 Organizations and Medical and Ethics Professionals, Express Concern in Open Letter, Call on TMA to Join Efforts to Repeal the Law and Prioritize Confidential and Compassionate Health Care

New York, NY – National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), along with more than 70 leading Tennessee, national, and international medial and ethics professionals, and other organizations, released a letter to policymakers and media calling attention to the Tennessee Medical Association’s (TMA) support for a radical new law allowing the arrest of women who become pregnant.

First Arrest Demonstrates Failure of Tennessee’s Fetal Assault Law

Contacts:
Cherisse Scott, SisterReach, Healthy and Free Tennessee, 901-310-5488
Farah Diaz-Tello, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, 212-255-9252
Micaela Cadena, Young Women United, 575-644-5830

The following statement can be attributed to Healthcare Not Handcuffs:

As yesterday’s arrest of an East Tennessee mother makes clear, the state’s newly expanded fetal assault law is designed to humiliate and punish, not treat or protect.