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.

NAPW attended the highly successful 5th Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference in Norman, Oklahoma last weekend - this year with over 500 people in attendance.

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Read this piece, "What It's Like to Be an Activist When Your State Is Hostile to Reproductive Rights," in Cosmopolitan by Robin Marty about the conference and what is means to advocates and activists in red state regions to convene at Take Root.

"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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3/2 Panel Event in NYC with Lynn Paltrow at Center for Optimal Living
Join the Center for Optimal Living for a panel discussion that will include NAPW's Lynn Paltrow on March 2, 2015 from 7-9 pm. The panel will highlight the impact of sociocultural factors, policy, and trauma on women with substance use...

Lynn Paltrow travels to UPenn to speak to Law Students for Reproductive Justice
On Friday, February 13, 2015, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, will travel to the University of Pennsylvania to speak to their Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) chapter. Ms. Paltrow will speak on “Reproductive Rights in a New Era: Transitioning...

NAPW at Take Root: Red States Perspectives on Reproductive Justice

NAPW's Farah Diaz-Tello & Sara Ainsworth named as CoreAlign Fellows & Travel to CA for First Convening