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.

Writer and activist, Victoria Law's recent piece, "Your Pregnancy May Subject You to Even More Law Enforcement Violence," is a must read that walks through many of NAPW's cases and quotes Director of Legal Advocacy Sara Ainsworth and Staff Attorney Kylee Sunderlin.

From the civil child welfare system to criminalization and in all areas of reproduction, pregnant people too often face punitive responses. Sara Ainsworth articulates in the piece the coercion and state control that is ever present in NAPW's work: "The coercion to end your pregnancy or to give up your medical privacy because of the risk of having your child taken from you, all of these things basically force women's cooperation to something that they don't really consent to. This is coerced, whether you want to call it police violence or medical violence or both."

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Image: Jared Rodriguez, Truthout

NAPW Commentaries Opposing the Prosecution & Sentencing of Purvi Patel

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On Monday, March 30th, Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20+ years incarceration in Indiana for the crimes of feticide and neglect of a dependent. While Patel consistently maintained that she experienced a miscarriage, prosecutors claimed that she attempted to terminate her own pregnancy but gave birth to a baby who she then neglected and allowed to die. NAPW worked to oppose Patel's arrest and prosecution with local advocates, by filing an amicus brief, and publishing commentaries about the injustices in this case (see below). NAPW will continue to support Patel and local advocates in any future efforts in this case.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 3.19.18 PM.pngHow Indiana Is Making It Possible To Jail Women For Having Abortions, Lynn Paltrow, Public Eye Magazine

shutterstock_1408672151-375x250.jpgIt Is All Too Easy for Pregnant Women To Be Put on Trial in the United States, Farah Diaz-Tello and Laura Huss, RH Reality Check

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4/10-4/12 - NAPW in Amherst, MA for "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" CLPP Conference
The 29th Annual Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) Conference, "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom," will be held at Hampshire College from Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12. As a 2015 Conference...

NAPW Kylee Sunderlin at AATOD In Atlanta 3/28 -4/1


3/26-3/29 - Sara Ainsworth in Chicago at INCITE! Color of Violence 4 Conference

Wed. 3/18, NYC: NAPW & OSF United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event