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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"With the success of Republicans in the midterm elections and the passage of Tennessee’s anti-abortion amendment, we can expect ongoing efforts to ban abortion and advance the “personhood” rights of fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses." Read in The New York Times from NAPW's Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin about how at no point in her pregnancy should a woman lose her civil and human rights.

Challenging the mythology of "addicted babies" using #ScienceNotStigma

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Read from NAPW's Soros Justice Fellow, Kylee Sunderlin, and Research & Program Associate, Laura Huss, in this season's issue of DifferenTakes, published by Hampshire College's PopDev, about:

"The Mythology of “Addicted Babies”: Challenging Media Distortions, Laws, and Policies that Fracture Communities."

And continue following one of our many efforts on twitter at #ScienceNotStigma to challenge alarmist and harmful reporting, and reclaim narratives about our families and our children, one story at a time.

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what's new

Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, in Chicago for the SisterSong 20th Anniversary RJ Leadership Summit
From November 7-9, 2014, NAPW's Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, joins other Reproductive Justice (RJ) leaders in Chicago, IL for the 20th Anniversary SisterSong Women of Color RJ Collective - RJ Summit and Celebration. Follow the weekend on twitter using #RJat20...

Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, to speak at 2014 Med Students for Choice Annual Conference 11/9
On Sunday, November 9, 2014, NAPW Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, will speak at the annual Med Students for Choice Conference held in Atlanta, GA. During her session, "Rights & Responsibilities Across the Reproductive Spectrum," students will learn about ethical and...

Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, speaking throughout Nashville, TN 10/15-10/17

ED Lynn Paltrow to speak at National Perinatal Association Conference, Oct. 16, 2pm