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Causes: Civil Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: To secure the human and civil rights, health, welfare and dignity of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women and those who are most vulnerable- low income women, women of color and drug using women.

Programs: Legal/advocacy: napw works directly as co-counsel or counsel on numerous cases, and provides legal assistance to defense lawyers, social workers, activists, and people working in the medical and public health fields. Napw challenges prosecutions, legislation, and ballot measures that limitaccess to abortion; dehumanize pregnant women; invent separate legal rights for fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses; establish grounds for overturning roe v. Wade; expand the war on drugs to women's wombs; and that create a separate and unequal system of law for pregnant women. Napw advocates for all pregnant women, focusing especially on those most vulnerable to state control, including low-income women, women of color and drug-using women.

public education: napw uses a variety of traditional and online public education and social marketing strategies to educate the public, policymakers, advocates and activists about myths and misinformation relating to pregnancy, abortion, pregnancy loss, labor, delivery and drug use by pregnant women. Napw challenges destructive and dehumanizing stereotypes about pregnant women, drug users, and abortion; advocates for evidence-based, humane policies that will ensure the health and human dignity of pregnant women and their families; and identifies the common threads and threats connecting women who have abortions with those seeking to continue their pregnancies to term.

organizing: napw organizes at both the local and national levels. Napw helps to create grassroots women's health advocacy groups, trains women directly affected by punitive policies to become advocates, mobilizes state-based coalitions to action, and sponsors major conferences and continuing education programs that inspire effective advocacy and activism. Napw also works at the national level to mobilize medical and health experts, organizations, and academics to speak out against punitive and counterproductive policies.

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