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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.

Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 2.32.16 PM.pngOn Fri., Dec 19, IN's St. Joseph County trial court will hold a hearing on criminal charges brought against Purvi Patel, an IN woman who claims she suffered a stillbirth. Prosecutors charged Ms. Patel with two contradictory charges. They claim that she gave birth to a newborn and then neglected the infant, charging her with “neglect of a dependent.” Simultaneously, they claim that she intentionally terminated her pregnancy, charging her with the crime of “feticide.” Both crimes are felonies and punishable by 6 to 20 years in prison. These contradictory charges make clear that the prosecutors are not convinced about what happened. Instead, IN seeks to use the prosecution of Ms. Patel to establish legal precedent for using the state’s feticide law to lock up women who have abortions or experience stillbirths.

Join the more than 11,700 people who are urging the St. Joseph County prosecutor to drop these charges against Ms. Patel by signing this petition. Read more about Ms. Patel's case in this press release.

Pregnant Woman Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against State of WI Challenging WI Law That Permits Jailing Pregnant Women Who Seek Medical Help

NAPW, the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at NYU School of Law, and the Perkins Coie law firm in Madison, Wisconsin filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Tamara Loertscher against the WI Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Attorney General. The suit challenges a WI law that allows the state to seize control of women, detain them in jail or locked facilities, and subject them to numerous other deprivations of their civil rights if they are pregnant and use – or even admit to past use of – alcohol or a controlled substance.

TL Website Photo - Credits John Hart State Journal

Photo Credit - John Hart, State Journal


Sara Ainsworth, NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy, said about the case, “Ms. Loertscher’s experience reflects how profoundly this Wisconsin law disrespects pregnant women. ...This law is bad for pregnant women and bad for babies, and it demonstrates why there should be no role for coercive, punitive state action in the provision of prenatal health care.” Read more in this RH Reality Check article.

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