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Lynn Paltrow

Women's Health Advocate

Lynn Paltrow is the founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. A champion of women’s health issues, Paltrow combines her legal expertise with grassroots activism to secure reproductive rights for pregnant women. Her advocacy focuses specifically on the most vulnerable, including low-income, minority, and drug-using women.

A fierce defender of women’s right to choose, Paltrow has worked to oppose abortion restrictions and the prosecution and punishment of women who wish to bring their pregnancy to term. With substantial experience in litigation and strategy, she’s held prominent roles including senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, Director of Special Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and Vice President for Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City. Paltrow’s work has been published extensively in numerous media outlets, law reviews, and medical journals. Her most recent study, “Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow,” was published in the American Journal for Public Health.

Paltrow is the recipient of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship, the Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship, and the Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law. In 2005, she was selected as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews. Paltrow obtained her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and her law degree from New York University School of Law.