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

DECEMBER 14, 2015 — Earlier this month, 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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Monday, May 23, 2016 at 2:00PM EST in the Indiana Court of Appeals
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Take Root (Feb. 26-27, 2016)
Join National Advocates for Pregnant Women staff and allies at the Take Root reproductive justice conference in Oklahoma (Feb. 26-27). Executive Director Lynn Paltrow, Senior Staff Attorney Farah Diaz-Tello and allies from Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee will be featured on...

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