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.

So-called "personhood" measures will appear on the ballot this year in both Colorado and North Dakota. NAPW’s research clearly shows that Amendment 67 in Colorado and Measure 1 in North Dakota would make pregnant women and new mothers in these states vulnerable to arrest, prosecution, and forced medical interventions.

Together NAPW and Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights(COLOR) prepared this fact sheet about Amendment 67 (available in English and Spanish). Please read it and share it widely. Also please watch and share this video about How Colorado’s Amendment 67 and North Dakota’s Measure 1 Will Hurt All Pregnant Women.

NAPW Travels to Baltimore for Harm Reduction Conference 2014! Oct 23 - Oct 26th

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From Thursday, Oct. 23rd to Sunday, Oct. 26th NAPW will be participating in the 10th Annual Harm Reduction Coalition Conference in Baltimore, MD! On Thursday Executive Director Lynn Paltrow, Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, and Legal Intern & Co-Founder of the Family Law & Cannabis Alliance Jess Cochrane will speak on a panel entitled "Is Harm Reduction Relevant to Pregnant Women and Parents in the Child Welfare System?", along with Emma Ketteringham and Dinah Ortiz from Bronx Defenders and Mishka Terplan from Behavioral Health System Baltimore.

On Friday, Research & Program Associate Laura Huss will speak on a panel on "Misinformation, Stigma, and Reproductive Rights" along with Denicia Cadena of Young Women United, Jodi Jacobson with RH Reality Check, Nina Martin with ProPublica, and Kari Ann Rinker, a relentless organizer and advocate for pregnant drug users. Also Friday, Lynn Paltrow will speak on a panel, "Harm Reduction Isn't Just for 'Drug Users' Anymore," along with Deborah Billings from Advocates for Youth, and Alyson Hyman of Ipas.

For more information about the conference, visit the website and take a look at the agenda.

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Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, speaking throughout Nashville, TN 10/15-10/17
NAPW is excited to announce that on October 15th, staff attorney Farah Diaz-Tello will begin a series of speaking engagements in Tennessee! The Tennessean reported on Ms. Diaz-Tello's visit and message: "Group says pregnant women unfairly targeted." On Wednesday, October...

ED Lynn Paltrow to speak at National Perinatal Association Conference, Oct. 16, 2pm
This Thursday, October 16th at 2:00 pm, Lynn Paltrow will be giving a talk entitled “Pregnant Women and Perinatal Care in the Age of Mass Incarceration” at the National Perinatal Association’s Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO. This year’s conference...

Farah Diaz-Tello Lectures on TN Pregnancy Criminalization Law at Meharry Medical College, Oct. 7, 3:00pm

NAPW Participates in United Nations' Second Review of the USA Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process