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.

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NAPW Argues in Arkansas Supreme Court

On Sept. 24, Senior Staff Attorney Farah Diaz-Tello argued an appeal on behalf of Melissa McCann-Arms before the Arkansas Supreme Court. Watch Farah in the video above. She explained why Arkansas' law making it a crime to introduce a controlled substance into the body of another person (for example, putting a "knock-out" drug in someone's drink, the initial intent of the law) can't be used to punish women who give birth to a baby who tests positive for a controlled substance. Ms. McCann-Arms was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We're fighting to ensure that the Arkansas court doesn't set a precedent that would make every criminal law that uses the word "person" applicable to the context of pregnancy. We're defending Ms. McCann-Arms because sending a woman to prison for 20 years for carrying a pregnancy to term despite a drug problem is unjust, cruel and will drive women away from medical care.

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USA Today: "Woman Charged With Murder After Taking Abortion Pill"
Learn more in this USA Today piece about the recent case of Kenlissia Jones in Georgia who is being held without bond on a charge of "malice murder."...

NAPW to Attend Southern Harm Reduction Conference
Staff from NAPW will attend the bi-annual Southern Harm Reduction Conference to be held in Asheville, North Carolina. For more information about the conference and how to attend, visit: http://www.nchrc.org/news-and-events/news/SHRDP...

NAPW's Legal Director to Speak at Alberta Harm Reduction Conference

4/10-4/12 - NAPW in Amherst, MA for "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" CLPP Conference