A Major Victory for Pregnant Women

National Advocates for Pregnant Women was the first national organization to offer support to Jennie McCormack, an Idaho woman who was arrested for having an abortion. We are thrilled to report an important victory in Ms. McCormack's case. Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its second opinion in McCormack v. Herzog, holding that it is unconstitutional to prosecute women for having abortions, and striking down several parts of Idaho's laws that limit women's rights and access to abortion.

PRESS RELEASE: Federal Appeals Court Affirms that Idaho’s Prosecution of Mother of 3 for Having A Medication Abortion at Home is Unconstitutional

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Sara L. Ainsworth, Director of Legal Advocacy
Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
(212) 255-9252, ext. 25; sla@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org

Federal Appeals Court Affirms that Idaho’s Prosecution of Mother of 3 for Having A Medication Abortion at Home is Unconstitutional

Also Strikes Down Unnecessary and Onerous Burdens on Abortion Providers and Affirms that Idaho’s Ban on Later Abortion Violates the Constitution

May 29, 2015

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Idaho federal court’s decision to permanently prohibit enforcement of parts of Idaho’s abortion statutes.

Help NAPW? Yes you can!

The elections are over, but the fight for pregnant women's personhood is not.

During the past year, NAPW celebrated numerous legal advocacy successes, obtained unprecedented media coverage, and saw that our grassroots organizing strategies are working.

Federal Court Rejects Idaho’s Claim That it May Punish Women Who End Their Pregnancies

Federal Court Rejects Idaho's Claim That it May Punish Women Who End Their Pregnancies
September 14, 2012

Last year, NAPW published an article called Missed Opportunities in McCorvey v. Hill: The Limits of Pro-Choice Lawyering, looking at the ways in which abortion litigation has been done in the past, and could be done more effectively in the future.

Press Release: US Crt of Appeals protects women from prosecution after abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012

Contact:
Janet Chung, Legal & Legislative Counsel
Legal Voice
Cell: 425-306-4761

Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Cell: 917-921-7421

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a strong ruling protecting pregnant women and their decisions in the case McCormack v. Hiedeman.

Idaho Amicus Jennie McCormack Case

On February 7, 2012, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Legal Voice and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the case of Jennie McCormack v. Hiedeman. We are very grateful to Legal Voice for finding counsel, Kathleen M. O’Sullivan, 
Breena M. Roos, and Ashley A. Locke, of Perkins Coie LLP to work with NAPW and to file this amicus brief on behalf of our organizations.