our mission

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) 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.


Families in Tennessee need your help to keep the state from making a costly mistake that will undermine maternal, fetal, and child health! Sign this petition or contact Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and ask him to veto SB 1391, which would make Tennessee the first state ever to enact a law that explicitly criminalizes pregnancy outcomes. Grassroots Tennessee organizations, including Healthy and Free Tennessee and SisterReach, have been fighting this law for months, but now they need your help. The bill is awaiting Governor Bill Haslam's signature and will pass into law unless he vetoes it this week.

As reported by Cosmopolitan, this law would permit drug-using women to be arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated. But, as RH Reality Check points out, the law goes much further and has the potential to make a criminal of any pregnant woman who suffers a loss or gives birth to a baby with health problems. Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC wrote an open letter to Governor Haslam explaining the devastating impacts on mothers, babies, and families that will result from threatening pregnant women with arrest when what they need most is health care. Act now to ensure that Tennessee women most in need of compassionate care are given health care, not handcuffs.

The Return of the Back-Alley Abortion

Laura Bassett published a Huffington Post piece delving into "The Return of the Back-Alley Abortion."

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Speaking to leaders and activists about the toll that increasingly limited reproductive health care access is having on women across the country, particularly in Texas, Ms. Bassett also interviewed NAPW's Executive Director:

"We know that prohibition and criminalization will never stop women from having abortions," said Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. "Illegal, self-abortions are a form of civil disobedience. Women will violate unjust laws and bear the health risks and the legal consequences, without causing harm to the people or institutions that make their decisions criminal."

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NAPW ED, Lynn Paltrow, to give Harvard Medical School Lawrence Lader Lectureship Thursday, 4/3
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ED Lynn Paltrow Panelist at NYU's Carr Center for RJ Annual Conference
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