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.

Purvi Patel's Conviction For Feticide Overturned

On July 22, 2016, the Indiana Court of Appeals announced its decision to overturn the conviction of Purvi Patel for the crime of feticide. The Court concluded that Indiana's feticide law was intended to protect pregnant women, not provide a basis for punishing them if they have or attempt to have abortions outside of approved medical settings. To learn more about the decision please go here.


NAPW response to Reuters investigation of reporting of drug use, child welfare and infant deaths

July 2016 - In December 2015, Reuters released an investigative report, “Helpless & Hooked.” It alleges that the failure of physicians and hospitals to consistently report women who used drugs while pregnant (including those who used drugs prescribed by physicians) and the failure of child welfare systems to intervene in such cases directly or indirectly contributed to the preventable deaths of 110 infants nationwide.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) recognizes that every infant death is a grave loss. We also recognize, however, how much harm has been done to American families in the name of protecting children. This Reuters series is the latest in a long line of journalistic reports that perpetrate stigma.

Continue reading NAPW's full response here.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - NAPW Executive Director to Receive Award
Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, to receive the Spivack Award from the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) at their all day CLE programs: Women in Law: Policy Perspectives and Personal Progression. Join NAPW and NYCLA for a full-day program...

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 2:00PM EST in the Indiana Court of Appeals
Join NAPW in supporting Purvi Patel’s fight to overturn her unjust conviction and punishment for having an abortion....

Take Root (Feb. 26-27, 2016)

NAPW staff speaks at conference at NYU School of Law Oct. 30