NAPW in American Prospect on Sp. Ct. blow to pregnant women

Miscarriage of Justice

The federal "partial-birth" abortion ban has grave implications for all pregnant women, not only those seeking to end pregnancies.

By Lynn M. Paltrow
 American Prospect Web Exclusive: 04.19.07

[Last week] 

the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the first federal law that bans an abortion procedure for all women and all doctors in all states.

It’s a Miracle–Not!

It's a Miracle--Not!
February 27, 2006

The Pax Cable Television Station had a show called It's a Miracle purporting to report on real miracles. This particular episode concerned a family who adopted a so called "crack" baby that miraculously turned out to be fine despite the damage the prenatal cocaine exposure allegedly caused.

Testimony To the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion

September 22, 2005
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In September of 2005, NAPW had an extraordinary opportunity to test the theory that by building on the lessons learned from our clients, our concurrent work on drug policy reform, and Terry McGovern's research on building grassroots pro-choice activism, we could begin to go on the offensive in our efforts to advance reproductive and social justice in America.

Top Medical Doctors and Scientists Urge Major Media Outlets to Stop Perpetuating “Crack Baby” Myth

February 25, 2004
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PRESS RELEASE
Signatories from Leading Hospitals and Research Institutes in US and Canada Agree That Term Lacks Scientific Basis and Is Dangerous to Children

Letter Sent to Washington Post, Arizona Republic, LA Weekly, Charleston Post and Courier, Amarillo Globe-News and Other Media Using These Terms

CRIMINALIZING MOTHERHOOD

December 11, 2003
By: Silja J.A. Talvi, The Nation magazine, December 11, 2003

Regina McKnight is doing twelve years in prison for a stillbirth, carving out a dangerous intersection between the drug war and the antichoice movement. In the eyes of the South Carolina Attorney General's office, McKnight committed murder.

AMERICA’S NEW FAMILY VALUES

November 25, 2003
By: Andrew Gumbel, The Independent UK, November 25, 2003

Barbara Harris was working as a waitress in a southern California pancake house when she stumbled on the cause that would become her passion: saving America from the scourge of "crack babies". It was 1990, and she and her husband were asked to become foster parents to an eight-month-old girl born to a crack-cocaine-addicted mother.

The War on Drugs and the War on Abortion: Some Initial Thoughts on the Connections, Intersections and the Effects

The War on Drugs and the War on Abortion: Some Initial Thoughts on the Connections, Intersections and the Effects
January 31, 2001

Lynn Paltrow*, 28 Southern University Law Review 201 (2001).

The War on Drugs and The War on Abortion: Some initial thoughts on the connections, intersections and the effects

While many people view the war on abortion and the war on drugs as distinct, there are in fact many connections and overlaps between the two.

SLIPPERY SLOPE?

SLIPPERY SLOPE?
November 01, 2000

By: Wyndi Marie Anderson, Point (SC), Winter 2000

In your last issue you ran an excellent story about the policy in South Carolina of using the criminal justice system to punish women who are pregnant and using drugs ["Body Politics," Fall 1999]. The story ends pointing to the possibility that the case will be used to undermine the right to choose to have an abortion and to punish women for a range of behaviors beyond drug use.