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 July 7th, a parole panel at the Guadalupe County Jail incarcerated Jessica DeSamito as a result of a positive urine screen. She is currently 24 weeks pregnant and was denied methadone treatment for two days in jail. Fortunately, NAPW moved quickly: Jessica started receiving treatment and her case began receiving significant media attention, including coverage by RH Reality Check and Salon, as well as local coverage in San Antonio by Kens5 News. As a result of this remarkable advocacy, Ms. DeSamito was released from jail on Monday afternoon, July 14th.

Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It

"Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements. Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional engagement. We must reject an “add prisons and stir” approach to advocacy in favor of making dismantling mass incarceration and other systems of institutional discrimination central to our efforts."

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NAPW's Board President Jeanne Flavin and Research and Program Associate Laura Huss's co-authored piece in The Feminist Wire, "Feminism and the PIC: Why "Add-Incarceration-and-Stir" Doesn't Cut It," makes clear that "ending the criminalization of pregnant and parenting women challenges feminist and pro-choice organizations to declare common cause with other progressive movements that share a resolve to dismantle mass incarceration and the War on Drugs."

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NAPW Travels to Jacksonville, FL July 25-28 to Stand Our Ground for Marissa Alexander
This weekend - July 25 - 28 - NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy, Sara Ainsworth, and Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, will attend and speak at the "Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against...

Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, to attend Senat Women & Addiction Forum in DC
NAPW Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, will attend the Whitehouse/Portman Senate Women & Addiction Forum sponsored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The forum will include nationally-recognized researchers, practitioners, policymakers and Members of Congress...

ED Lynn Paltrow Honored as Distinguished Classmate at Cornell's 35th Reunion

Lynn Paltrow to speak at Vancouver, Canada “Challenging Drug Prohibition” Event 5/17