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.

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On Sept. 30th the Eastern District of Wisconsin federal court dismissed as moot a petition filed by Alicia Beltran challenging her detention under a provision of the Wisconsin Children's Code that allows the State to take women into custody from the earliest stages of pregnancy. (Read more about Ms. Beltran's case in this New York Times article.)

NAPW's Executive Director Lynn Paltrow says about the dismissal, ""We are disappointed that the Court refused to address the constitutionality of the law, and instead avoided reaching a decision about a statute that permits the State to rip pregnant women from their homes, endangering them and their future children....the law does not even give pregnant women the right to counsel at the initial stages of the proceedings against them and most of the women who are detained while pregnant will have difficulty finding lawyers able to bring constitutional claims."

NAPW Announcing a Call for Plaintiffs in Alabama

Are you in Alabama? Do you know or love someone in Alabama?

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women has documented more than 130 arrests of pregnant women in Alabama under a law that the state Supreme Court judicially expanded (with citation to biblical authority) to permit the arrests of pregnant women who use any controlled substance - even prescribed medications. Many of these pregnant women and new mothers are held in jail with bail set at outrageously high levels. Some mothers have been sentenced to long terms in Tutwiler prison, a maximum-security prison where women are at risk for rape, sexual assault, and other human rights violations. While NAPW is working with local lawyers to defend the women who have already been arrested, we know this is not enough. As a result, NAPW and the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at NYU School of Law are announcing a call for plaintiffs. We are seeking brave women, doctors, and methadone treatment providers to join an affirmative civil rights lawsuit to declare this law unconstitutional and stop new arrests of pregnant women. Please take a stand and join this lawsuit and/or help us spread the word. For more information about how to join the lawsuit, see "National Advocates for Pregnant Women Seeks Plaintiffs to Challenge Alabama Law Used to Arrest and Prosecute Pregnant Women."

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NAPW Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, to Speak at SSDP Conference
NAPW's Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin JD, will be speaking at the upcoming Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Conference in Arlington, VA. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Ms. Sunderlin will present on the following two panels: (1) Unique Perspectives:...

NAPW Participates in United Nations' Second Review of the USA Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process
NAPW was approached by INPUD/INWUD (International Network of People/Women Who Use Drugs), who were hoping to cite our research on arrests and detentions of pregnant women in a shadow report for the United Nations' second review of the United States...

NAPW Speaking at Texas Christian University

NAPW Travels to Jacksonville, FL July 25-28 to Stand Our Ground for Marissa Alexander