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NAPW Activist Update: A New President, A New Day

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.

A National Call for Birth Justice and Accountability. How many Black, Brown, and Indigenous people have to die giving birth?

In July 2020, NAPW joined numerous allies including Ancient Song Doula Services and Black Mammas Matter in signing an open letter that served as a national call for birth justice and accountability. NAPW knows that just as police misuse their authority against Black, Brown, and Indigenous people on the streets, they also do so in hospitals and delivery rooms and with the assistance of health care professionals.

Wishing You and Your Loved Ones Happy Holidays

Thank you for supporting National Advocates for Pregnant Women and our work to ensure the civil and human rights of all people, including pregnant women

In a year that has been so hard, we are especially grateful for your support.

It has also been a year in which we have nevertheless continued, with your help, to make a difference.

NAPW Statement: The Fight to Free Chelsea Becker Continues: How the San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, New York Post, and Other Media Outlets Got It Wrong

On December 24, 2020, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article that included incorrect and dangerously misleading information about a recent California Supreme Court order in Chelsea Becker’s case. The article erroneously reported, “Court refuses to bar woman’s murder prosecution for death of fetus, a loss for Becerra.

Purdue Pharma Debtors’ Emergency Fund Expenditures – Proposed Guidelines

Having already written a statement challenging false and stigmatizing medical misinformation advanced in the context of the nationwide litigation seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies liable for the over- prescription of opioids in the U.S., NAPW followed up with a letter regarding distribution of funds from Perdue’s bankruptcy settlement related to claims about its role in the national opioid addiction and overdose crisis.

Tennessee’s Fetal Assault Law: Understanding its impact on marginalized women

In 2014, Tennessee became the first state to enact a law authorizing the arrest of women in relationship to their pregnancies. Sold to the public as a law designed to address only issue of opioid use by pregnant women, it actually established broad state authority to arrest pregnant women for the crime of fetal assault if they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly (no intent needed) caused bodily injury to eggs, embryos, or fetuses as a result of an "unlawful act" or an "unlawful omission.