our mission

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2001, works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable to state control and punishment - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.

On March 30th, Purvi Patel will appear in court in Indiana for a sentencing hearing after being found guilty of Feticide and Neglect of a Child after experiencing a miscarriage. NAPW has supported state and national efforts to oppose the prosecution of Patel under conflicting charges and laws not intended to prosecute pregnant women for the outcomes of their pregnancies.

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Image Credit: National Conference of State Legislatures & PRI.org

Read Amy Gastelum's recent story about the case, "An Indiana jury says Purvi Patel should go to prison for what she says was a miscarriage," where local activists from the Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice describe Patel's experience and the process by which law enforcement and medical professionals came to prosecute Patel under laws that were intended to protect pregnant women. Keep following our website and social media for more information about Patel's case as we approach her sentencing date.

"Lawyers for Fetuses? Yes, It’s Absurd, But It’s Worse Than You Realize."

Read Sara Ainsworth's, NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy, commentary published on RH Reality Check entitled "Lawyers for Fetuses? Yes, It’s Absurd, But It’s Worse Than You Realize." Ainsworth draws attention to the interviews done by the Daily Show’s brilliant Jessica Williams and MSNBC’s phenomenal Melissa Harris-Perry with Alabama lawyer who “represents” fetuses:

"As the two shows highlighted, Alabama has a new law that assigns a lawyer as a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent the interest of an embryo or fetus whenever a minor needs judicial permission to get an abortion...But the Daily Show and the Melissa Harris-Perry Show largely missed something important. As ludicrous as Alabama’s law is, having lawyers or GALs for fetuses is not new—and they are not just appointed to try to stop girls from having abortions. In fact, they have been used for decades in state and judicial efforts to strip pregnant women of their civil and human rights."

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what's new

4/10-4/12 - NAPW in Amherst, MA for "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" CLPP Conference
The 29th Annual Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) Conference, "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom," will be held at Hampshire College from Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12. As a 2015 Conference...

3/26-3/29 - Sara Ainsworth in Chicago at INCITE! Color of Violence 4 Conference
NAPW is excited to participate in this year's COV4 Conference "Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities." This conference mark's INCITE!'s fifteenth year of advocacy to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people and...

Wed. 3/18, NYC: NAPW & OSF United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event

3/2 Panel Event in NYC with Lynn Paltrow at Center for Optimal Living