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National Advocates for Pregnant Women Files Brief on Behalf of 45 Organizations, Experts, and Advocates, Including Actor Amy Schumer, in Support of Arizona Mother Found to Have Committed Child Neglect for Legally Using Medical Marijuana to Treat Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Her Pregnancy

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Is a Life-Threatening Pregnancy Condition For Immediate Release: July 6, 2021 On Friday, July 1, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), as lead amici, asked an Arizona Court of Appeals to accept their brief on behalf of 45 leading health organizations, doctors, ethicists, scientific and medical experts, and advocates, including Amy Schumer, in support of Lindsay R., a mother found guilty of civil child neglect and placed on Arizona’s Child Abuse Central Registry because she used medical marijuana while pregnant pursuant to a valid medical certification and suffered from acute hyperemesis gravidarum.

Frontiers in Psychology published, Totality of the Evidence Suggests Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Does Not Lead to Cognitive Impairments: A Systematic and Critical Review, a peer-reviewed systematic review on the effects of prenatal exposure to marijuana.

On May 8, 2020, Frontiers in Psychology published, Totality of the Evidence Suggests Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Does Not Lead to Cognitive Impairments: A Systematic and Critical Review, a peer-reviewed systematic review on the effects of prenatal exposure to marijuana. This serious and careful evaluation of 1,001 statistical comparisons between groups of participants exposed to cannabis prenatally and non-exposed controls debunks unsupported assumptions about negative cognitive effects of prenatal marijuana exposure.

MEDIA STATEMENT: ACOG Opinion on Marijuana Use During Pregnancy, NAPW & FLCA Respond

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2015 Contact: Lynn Paltrow, NAPW (212) 255-9252 Sara Arnold, The American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists (ACOG) Issues Committee Opinion on Marijuana Use During Pregnancy National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) & Family Law & Cannabis Alliance (FLCA) Call for Non-Punitive Responses to Pregnant Women Who Use Marijuana On June 22, 2015, ACOG released Committee Opinion 637, Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Lactation recommending that health care providers encourage women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy to avoid marijuana use "[b]ecause the effects of marijuana may be as serious as those of cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption.

Victory in NY: Marijuana Use is not Child Abuse

NAPW has, for some time, been encouraging attorneys who represent mothers in civil child neglect proceedings ("family defense lawyers") to challenge neglect and abuse charges based on positive drug tests. These cases often involve women who give birth and have their newborns taken from them based on nothing more than an unconfirmed positive test for an illegal drug.


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Pregnancy and Drug and Alcohol Use

Pregnancy and Drug and Alcohol Use WHAT WE DO NEED TO KNOW CURRENT WORK NAPW'S WORK WHAT WE DO NAPW defends people who are pregnant and use alcohol or drugs. NAPW is the leading organization providing pro bono (free) legal assistance to women who have been charged with a crime because they were pregnant and used alcohol or a criminalized drug, obtained or used drugs that are safe and effective in ending a pregnancy (see e.g. Plan C and SASS) or used treatment drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine and did so in a manner prescribed to them by a physician.

NAPW marks 2 legal victories in states that have incarcerated women based on pregnancy and drug-use claims; Appeal will free Arkansas woman, Wisconsin case moves forward

NEW YORK - On Oct. 8, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Melissa McCann Arms, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person when she gave birth in 2013. The Arms v. State of Arkansas victory comes a week after a federal district court ruling that allowed a constitutional challenge to the 1997 Wisconsin "cocaine mom" law to go forward.

NAPW – Victory for Pregnant Women and Children in NJ

In a major victory for New Jersey's pregnant women and families, the state's Supreme Court announced a unanimous opinion in New Jersey Division of Youth & Family Services v. A.L. recognizing that 1) the state's child protection laws do not give the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services) jurisdiction or control over pregnant women, and 2) that positive drug tests on pregnant women and newborns do not alone establish neglect.