NAPW's Work

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Victory in Indiana after NAPW Demands Indiana Prosecutor Drop Murder Charge Against Woman Who Had a Stillbirth at Home (August 2018)

NAPW, along with 11 other organizations and 27 individual experts, submitted an Open Letter to the Madison County, Indiana prosecutor, asking him to drop felony charges against a woman who experienced a stillbirth at home. An Indiana woman who experienced a pregnancy loss is being prosecuted for feticide and involuntary manslaughter, based on her alleged drug use while pregnant.

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan presents on the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to a New York State Department of Health workgroup

In December 2018, NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan delivered a presentation to the AIDS Institute’s state-wide Women Who Use Drugs Workgroup, part of the New York State Department of Health, on the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and its connection to pregnancy and drug use.

“Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA” (Amnesty International)

December 19, 2018
NAPW’s work is highlighted in this important Amnesty International report. Click here to access Amnesty International’s report: "Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA".

Over the course of three years, Amnesty International analyzed US criminal prosecutions of women who are pregnant and alleged to use drugs.

Victory in Indiana

On September 20, 2018, feticide and involuntary manslaughter charges were dismissed against Kelli Driskel. In December of 2017, Ms. Driskel went to the emergency room after experiencing a stillbirth at home. An autopsy was later performed on the fetal remains and the cause of death was determined to be placental abruption with "acute methamphetamine intoxication" listed as a contributing factor.