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.” NAPW is committed to ensuring that justice is not just his but also hers. And, we are committed to challenging the manufactured and manipulated “facts” about drugs, pregnancy, and abortion that are used to advance white supremacy and male supremacy.
For example, read Eleanor Bader’s article, Pregnant People of Color are Bearing the Brunt of the War on Drugs in The Progressive, quoting NAPW: “Just as some people are denying the science around COVID-19, many prosecutors and supporters of the drug war are denying the science around pregnancy, refusing to acknowledge that poverty, racism, and lack of equal access to high-quality medical care have more to do with healthy pregnancy outcomes than drug use.”
And watch Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy that is now streaming worldwide on Netflix. This compelling documentary challenges what many believe to be true about the so-called crack epidemic in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s. How did cocaine come into the country at that time? How did it switch from the widespread use of cocaine in its powdered form by rich white people, to the cheaper smokable form as crack? Who benefitted from its sale and distribution, particularly in poor neighborhoods of color and how did it fit in with the Reagan era systematic defunding of Black and Brown communities?
Dr. Carl Hart, an NAPW Board Member, is featured in the film with appearances by NAPW Founder and Executive Director Lynn M. Paltrow and Jennifer Johnson, a former client and outspoken advocate challenging the racist "crack baby" myth and how it was used to criminalize pregnancy and separate families.
Finally, as we mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade today, we must remember that neither this Supreme Court decision nor any other has fully recognized the constitutional personhood of all those who have the capacity for pregnancy. We must recognize that we have to protect the right to have an abortion, but that the fight is about much more than one Supreme Court decision or just one outcome of pregnancy.
To that end, we invite you to join us for a timely and compelling webinar on Friday, January 29, 2021: 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. From the deadly Capitol insurrection to the continued denial of facts and science, the anti-abortion movement's leaders have fueled the flames of dangerous right-wing militancy. Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan, NAPW Board Member and Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis & History; Chair of the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University and I will join Dr. Mason for conversation and questions and answers.
Lynn M. Paltrow
Founder and Executive Director
National Advocates for Pregnant Women