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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.

This week, Florida's Bayfront Health Port Charlotte hospital threatened to force Jennifer Goodall to have cesarean surgery against her will and to report her to child welfare authorities for exercising her right to medical decision-making. Further information on the legal actions taken can be read in this press release and in this piece on RHReality Check.After giving birth to a healthy baby boy this weekend, Ms. Goodall released the following statement today:

"Thank you to everyone from around the country and the world for the outpouring of support. I welcomed my son into the world after laboring, consenting to surgery when it became apparent that it was necessary because labor was not progressing. This was all I wanted to begin with. I am grateful to the medical staff at another hospital who assisted us in a safe and healthy delivery. Now, my family's focus is on welcoming our newborn into our family with love, and on my physical and emotional recovery from the intensity of the last few days."


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Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It

"Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements. Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional engagement. We must reject an “add prisons and stir” approach to advocacy in favor of making dismantling mass incarceration and other systems of institutional discrimination central to our efforts."

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NAPW's Board President Jeanne Flavin and Research and Program Associate Laura Huss's co-authored piece in The Feminist Wire, "Feminism and the PIC: Why "Add-Incarceration-and-Stir" Doesn't Cut It," makes clear that "ending the criminalization of pregnant and parenting women challenges feminist and pro-choice organizations to declare common cause with other progressive movements that share a resolve to dismantle mass incarceration and the War on Drugs."

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NAPW Travels to Jacksonville, FL July 25-28 to Stand Our Ground for Marissa Alexander
This weekend - July 25 - 28 - NAPW's Director of Legal Advocacy, Sara Ainsworth, and Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, will attend and speak at the "Standing Our Ground: Raising Our Voices against Reproductive Oppression and Violence against...

Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, to attend Senat Women & Addiction Forum in DC
NAPW Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, will attend the Whitehouse/Portman Senate Women & Addiction Forum sponsored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The forum will include nationally-recognized researchers, practitioners, policymakers and Members of Congress...

ED Lynn Paltrow Honored as Distinguished Classmate at Cornell's 35th Reunion

Lynn Paltrow to speak at Vancouver, Canada “Challenging Drug Prohibition” Event 5/17