NAPW: The Case of Alicia Beltran

Alicia Beltran, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, sought early prenatal care and confided in health care workers about prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use on her own. Instead of commending Ms. Beltran for her progress, her medical practitioners reported her to the Department of Human Services, as a result of which she was arrested on July 18, 2013 by Wisconsin law enforcement officials.

Thank you for supporting NAPW! Inspiring Reasons to Contribute

We want to thank our NAPW donors, friends, and allies for their tremendous support this year and share with you some of the inspiring reasons why Donations have been made:

In honor of Alicia Beltran and also in honor of her mother for getting Alicia help from the legal community;In honor of Dr. George Tiller;Donations have been made because people:
Heard NAPW's Staff Attorney Farah Diaz-Tello speak at the Breech Conference in Washington, D.C. - "absolutely inspiring!";Met NAPW's Board President Jeanne Flavin at a friend's house and was inspired by her and NAPW's work;Value NAPW's Programs and Research Associate, Laura Huss;Saw PBS's Moyers & Company featuring NAPW's Executive Director Lynn Paltrow;Listened to NAPW's Executive Director on NPR's Fresh Air; andAre thankful to NAPW for "standing up for the rights of women" and want to ensure that we can "keep up the important work you do.

First Fed Challenge To Pregnant Woman’s Arrest Under ‘Personhood’-Like Measure

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October 2, 2013
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FIRST FEDERAL CHALLENGE TO ARREST OF PREGNANT WOMAN UNDER"PERSONHOOD"-LIKE MEASURE FILED IN WISCONSIN
Suit filed to free woman arrested and detained in treatment facility in violation ofconstitutional rights and accepted medical standards

WISCONSIN - Attorneys for Alicia Beltran announced today that they filed a petition in federal court seeking her immediate release from state custody, challenging the constitutionality of a 1997 Wisconsin law that deprives pregnant women of their constitutional rights and permits state action that is dangerous to maternal, fetal, and child health.

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) vs. Jamie Loehnis, Jim Strachota, Mark D. Bensen, Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe (Respondents)

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) vs. Jamie Loehnis, Jim Strachota, Mark D. Bensen, Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe (Respondents)
October 01, 2013

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) v. Jamie Loehnis, in his official capacity as Executive Director of the Casa Clare Treatment Center; Jim Strachota, in his official capacity as Director of Human Services for Washington County, WI; Mark D. Bensen, in his official capacity as District Attorney for Washington County, WI; the Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe, in his official capacity as immediate custodian of Applicant Alicia Beltran (Respondents)
APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2241 BY A PERSON IN CUSTODY
Frank Declaration, Frank Exhibit A, Frank Exhibit B
Hartke Declaration, Hartke Exhibit A, Hartke Exhibit B
Imseis Declaration, Imseis Exhibit A
Schauberger Declaration, Schauberger Exhibit A
Stancliff Declaration, Stancliff Exhibit A, Stancliff Exhibit B, Stancliff Exhibit C
Kenneth A. De Ville & Loretta M. Kopelman, 1999. "Fetal Protection in Wisconsin's Revised Child Abuse Law: Right Goal, Wrong Remedy," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 27: 332-42.
US District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin Decision and Order Dismissing Case