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WHAT ACTION CAN PEOPLE TAKE AGAINST THE PROSECUTION OF PREGNANT WOMEN FOR DRUG USE DURING PREGNANCY?
RESEARCH! Find out about access to drug and reproductive health services in your community! If it is inadequate write a letter to your editor and let you community know. You can also report your findings to local community group meetings. Getting drug treatment should be as easy as getting a hamburger at McDonald¹s. Not sure what to ask? NAPW can provide a sample of questions that will give you the information you are looking for.
WRITE! Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper! Educating the public through the media is very effective. When people see that members of their own community do not support the prosecution of pregnant women, they may re-evaluate their views. Even if you are not published, newspapers notice how many letters they get on an issue, which influences what kind of stories they publish. Write short 2-3 sentence letters and write often. Need help? For sample letters go to www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org and click on the activist button!
READ! Read a book! Educate yourself about the effects of the war on drugs and the war on women in America. Suggestions? Drug Crazy, by Mike Gray; Making Women Pay the High Cost of Fetal Rights, by Rachel Roth; Using Women, by Nancy Campbell; Killing The Black Body: Race Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, by Dorothy Roberts; Pregnant Women on Drugs: Combating Stereotypes and Stigma, by Sheigla Murphy and Marsha Rosenbaum; or visit the book list section of our website for more suggestions at www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org .
SUPPORT! Write a letter to a woman in prison! Many of the women serving time need moral support and would like to get letters from people who are sympathetic. Need someone to write to? Contact us at email@example.com .
AGITATE! ASK QUESTIONS! A simple but powerful way to make a difference. Ask your health care providers where they stand on the issues of addiction and reproductive health and why. Ask officials in your community what they know about drug addiction and how it could be best handled. This could be an opportunity to educate someone.
EDUCATE! Leaflet your community! Ask NAPW for flyers and take them to the streets on an education campaign.
DEMONSTRATE! Take it to the streets! Plan a demonstration at your local courthouse, park, or other prominent area to let everyone know that you support compassion and not punishment for drug addicted people. Want help or ideas? Call NAPW at 917/921-7421, and we will guide you through the process!
DONATE! Make a tax deductible donation to the National Advocates for Pregnant Women! Our work is made possible through donations from people like you!
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
153 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
Last modified: 21 Mar 2006
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