NAPW is committed to undoing decades of misinformation and political posturing about pregnancy and drug use. From traditional tools such as press releases, to producing blogs and original videos and delivering creative Power Point presentations, we are getting our message out. NAPW takes every opportunity to expose the propaganda behind destructive and dehumanizing stereotypes about pregnant women and drug users, and to challenge anti-abortion and drug war policies as divisive and diversionary tactics designed to distract Americans from common values and concerns.
Through speaking engagements and other public education efforts NAPW keeps its commitment to working at both the local and national levels, and to recognizing, learning from, and building on the ways that reproductive health, drug policy, and other social justice issues intersect.
Through this public education work, NAPW has been challenging prejudice against pregnant women, drug users and low income and families of color and exposing how abortion, fetal rights and drug war issues distract from significant public health and social justice problems. NAPW is quoted in, referred to, and appears in a diverse range of print, television, radio and on-line sources including the New York Times, Newsweek, Women'senews, The Village Voice, HR Reality Check, Huffington Post, ColorLines Magazine, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City Tribune, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, CBS Early Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, national and local NPR stations, and a variety of talk news radio stations across the country. We have also reached international audiences with appearances in such media as the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Guardian (London), Bristol United Press, CBC and BBC Radio.
NAPW also authors and co-authors reports and a wide range of articles in everything from prestigious medical journals to traditional print source to on-line journals. Increasingly NAPW uses its resources to support local activists, helping them to write and publish commentary in state-based and local media.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, NAPW Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz Tello, appeared on RTV about the Mississippi case of Nina Buckhalter. This interview is one of a series of recent reports that demonstrates a growing understanding that what happens to one pregnant woman can happen to all pregnant women. Watch the interview here:
MSNBC News Anchor Thomas Roberts planned to host NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, live on Tuesday, May 28th. The interview has been postponed as a result of the recent updates on Trayvon Martin's upcoming trial. We will post about the rescheduled interview date when Lynn will speak to Thomas Roberts about the arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women and the Mississippi Supreme Court case of Nina Buckhalter.
WORTH Conference 5/20 "From Punishment to Wellness" featuring Lynn Paltrow & NAPW as a community partner
On May 20, 2013, WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory) hosted a conference entitled "From Punishment to Wellness" addressing a public health approach to women and the war on drugs. This conference, hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), came out of the recent publication by NYAM and the Drug Policy Alliance - NAPW supported the conference as a community partner and assisted in conference planning. Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, also appeared on a panel about "Aligning Policy to a Public Health Approach." The successful conference hosted about 250 attendees. See conference flyer below and download conference program here.
On Saturday, April 26, 2013, SUNY New Paltz Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program hosted a conference on "Reproductive Justice - 40 Years After Roe v Wade." NAPW Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, spoke on a panel entitled "Beyond Whether to Bear or Beget: Protecting Pregnant and Parenting Women" with former NAPW Director of Legal Advocacy, Emma Ketteringham, and former NAPW Inter, Dinah Adames.
NAPW Executive Director Lynn Paltrow gave a public lecture at Princeton University on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 entitled: "Forty Years After Roe v. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration."
On April 23, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, and Managing Attorney of Bronx Defenders Family Defense Practice, Emma Ketteringham, (also former NAPW Director of Legal Advocacy) conducted a CLE for the Queens County Bar Association. This program entitled "Considering the role of race and drug policy in child protective cases," is part of the child welfare court improvement project.
April 12-14, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, and Staff Attorney, Farah Diaz-Tello, traveled to Amherst, MA to participate in the 27th Annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) Conference at Hampshire College designed for community and student activists. The 2013 conference, for which NAPW was a sponsor, focused on "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom." Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, appeared on a panel about "Making the Connections: Decriminalization and Reproductive Justice."
ED Lynn Paltrow Keynote Speaker at NJ Women's & Gender Studies Consortium Event on Friday, April 5, 2013
Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, spoke as a keynote speaker on April 5, 2013 at the New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium event at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. This consortium works to maintain the strength, visibility, and development of interdisciplinary women's and gender studies at numerous New Jersey colleges and universities.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Executive Director Lynn Paltrow spoke at Butler University's Diversity Program Women's History Month lecture series. Her talk, "Indiana and the New Jane Crow: The Prosecution of the Bei Bei Shuai," was promoted and reported by local media The Indianapolis Star's Tim Evans and Diana Penner, respectively. Thursday, March 28, 2013 she was the keynote speaker at IPFW's Women's Studies Program's "Women's Reproductive Rights: A Historical and Global Perspective" event series for Women's History Month speaking on "Forty Years after Roe v. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Her final event on Friday, March 29, 2013 at Indiana University's Mauer College of Law in Bloomington, IN was hosted by IU's Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), Feminist Law Forum (FLF), and the American Constitution Society (ACS), entitled "Indiana and the New Jane Crow: Using the Prosecution of of Bei Bei Shuai to Create a System of Separate and Unequal Law for All Women."
The Abortion Care Network (ACN) hosted their annual conference from March 15-17, 2013. NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke on a panel with Ruth Arick and Susan Yanow on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Lynn Paltrow addressed the following: "If Insanity is Doing The Same Thing Over & Over & Expecting a Different Result, Then What is the Future of U.S. Movement for Reproductive Rights?"
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, gave a lecture at American University Washington College of Law on "Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow: Reproductive Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration." Download event flyer here
NAPW supports, attends, and speaks at 3rd Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference in Oklahoma
NAPW continued to support the organization and planning of the Third Annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference.
The successful conference took place from February 15-16, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma, with over 250 "red state" activists advocating for Reproductive Justice. NAPW attended and spoke at the conference and supported first-time "red state" advocates to also attend.
Read media about the event's success and impact. We look forward to next year's fourth annual - February 21-22, 2014!
On January 25, 2013, NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) Executive Director, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, appeared on Moyers & Company. Bill Moyers interviewed Lynn and Jessica after the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade to examine and discuss the issues behind the reproductive rights debate.
Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, Speaker at Center for American Progress (CAP) Roe 2.0 Event, January 16, 2013
In advance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 2013, the Center for American Progress (CAP) held a lively debate on January 16, 2013 on the strategies reproductive rights activists can use over the next 40 years to secure the full promise of Roe. As our country’s demographics rapidly change, what does Roe mean to the rising electorate? What does the base of supporters look like now and in the future? How will the success in securing near-universal contraceptive coverage affect the landscape? What strategies can be employed—legal, policy, organizing, communications, and more—to engage new supporters and to ensure that Roe provides meaningful protections for all women?
Watch NAPW Executive Director in the discussion here:
NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, spoke at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary on December 6, 2012 at 5:30pm.
Her talk focused on "Drug Policy and the Rights of Pregnant Women and Children" and engaged members of Open Society Foundation, CEU students and faculty, and local activists.
Farah was featured in a documentary, "Freedom for Birth," about the human rights of pregnant women and the Human Rights in Childbirth conference in the Hague in March of 2012. The documentary premiered on Sept 20, with nearly 900 screenings throughout the world. Farah attended the New York City screening at the Museum of Motherhood, and spoke about NAPW's birth justice work on a panel after the film with sociologist Barbara Katz Rothman, journalist Jennifer Block, and attorney Elitsa Golab of the International Cesarean Awareness Network for an audience of 75 birth workers. Visit the website and watch the documentary here.
Felipe Luciano interviews Lynn and discusses mother's rights, racism, and the new war on reproduction. To listen to the show download here.
Megan McKenzie is a strong, resilient woman who had the courage to fight back when the State of South Carolina charged her with both civil and criminal child abuse for giving birth to a healthy, beautiful baby. The state claimed her newborn tested positive for marijuana, and while Ms. McKenzie didn't test positive for marijuana and more importantly she was providing loving, excellent care for her daughter, the prosecution and so-called child protective services proceeded with their actions against her. NAPW was part of the team that helped Megan McKenzie fight back and, eventually, win. As a result of her experiences, Megan has become a fierce advocate on behalf of other women who are similarly experiencing punitive state interventions and, as demonstrated in this BBC interview, is increasingly becoming a national and international spokesperson on these issues. She is pictured above speaking at NAPW's recent 10th Anniversary celebration.
Laura Pemberton's description of her state detention and forced cesarean surgery is now available on NAPW's Vimeo Channel
Read the essay Killing for Life Returns by Dr. Carol Mason, author of the book Killing for Life and Oklahoma-based NAPW board member.
Read Lynn Paltrow's latest commentary on The Huffington Post.
Materials from Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say
The continuing education program Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What the Experts in Medicine, Social Work and the Law Have to Say was held on February 11, 2009 at the NYU School of Law. The program was co-sponsored by National Advocates for Pregnant Women, The NYU Silver School of Social Work and NYU School of Law. The following is a list of materials distributed during the program which may be useful for those who would like to learn more about issues covered in the program.
If you are interested in making a donation of $20 or more to NAPW you may indicate that the donation is for a copy of the CLE program book in the comments section and we will send you a complimentary copy of these materials.
The New York Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the New York University School of Law, Student Chapter present: Are a Woman's Rights Compromised Upon Becoming Pregnant? A Discussion on the Employment and Consent to Medical Treatment Rights of Pregnant Women
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New York University Law School
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York