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Reproductive Rights legal cases handled by the NASW Legal Defense Fund

Here is a list of reproductive rights legal cases handled by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) NASW Legal Defense Fund. McRae v. Mathews (U.S. Dist. Ct, E.D.N.Y., 421 F. Supp. 533 (E.D.N.Y. 1976)) Case Desc.: Challenge to Federal Appropriation Act that denied funding to indigent, pregnant women for elective abortions NASW Supported: McRae Outcome: Won/Favorable. Date Brief Filed: ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief that helps bring favorable ruling for female employee in case involving harassment, discrimination in federal court

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 41 other public interest and civil rights organizations on Aug. 26, 2021 committed to gender justice and participated in an amicus brief led by the Purple Campaign, National Women’s Law Center, and Legal Momentum in support of Jane Roe v. United States et. al. (now Caryn Devins Strickland v. United States et. ... Read More »

NASW in Texas court case to reinstate injunction that supports transgender youth and their families

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The Texas Attorney General Paxton on Feb. 18 released a non-binding legal opinion, stating that, under certain circumstances, gender affirming care (GAC) procedures that are not medically necessary could “constitute child abuse.”  In response, The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas Chapter released a statement and NASW’s national office also released a statement in support of transgender youth and their ... Read More »

Circuit Court rules in favor of transgender students who NASW supported

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The 9th Circuit court on February 12 issued its decision in the case, Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2.  The court ruled in favor of transgender students’ rights to be safe in schools. The Court correctly ruled that the Oregon school’s policy that allows transgender students, and all students, to use bathrooms consistent with their self-identified gender ... Read More »

Statement: North Carolina social workers get positive outcome in Piro v. McKeever

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A recent court decision issued by the North Carolina Supreme Court is a positive outcome for social workers in North Carolina. In Piro v. McKeever, Ms. McKeever, LCSW, fulfilled her duty to report suspected child abuse when she reported sexual abuse allegations to authorities against her client’s father. The allegations were not substantiated by the Department of Social Services (DSS), ... Read More »

April 16: A Day to Consider and Communicate Your Health Care Choices

NASW is pleased to continue its support for National Healthcare Decisions Day, now in its seventh year. Join the observance by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing, reviewing, and sharing your own advance directives. Advance care planning is more than a document. It’s an ongoing process that can help each ... Read More »

Join NASW in Observing National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16

Observe National Healthcare Decisions Day, now in its sixth year, by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing or reviewing your own advance directives. NASW is pleased to continue its support for this observance, scheduled for April 16. Advance care planning promotes self-determination and is integral to person-centered health care. Social ... Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on other cases important to social work

By Paul R. Pace, News staff In addition to upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court in June handed down decisions in two other cases that are important to NASW and social workers. The high court struck down the majority of Arizona’s immigration policy that critics charged as being excessive. NASW’s Legal Defense Fund facilitated NASW’s participation in ... Read More »

Brief filed in death penalty post-conviction case

The NASW Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in May on behalf of the association in support of a petition for certiorari in a death penalty post-conviction case. The brief seeks to have the U.S. Supreme Court accept the case, Abdur’Rahman v. Colson, for review. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman is on death row because of his counsel’s failure to offer the ... Read More »