The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in North America.

We believe that women should be trusted to make private medical decisions in consultation with their health care providers. NAF currently offers quality training and education to abortion providers and unbiased information and referrals to women.

Our Mission

The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women. Our work supports these three fundamental aspects of our mission:


NAF sets the standards for quality abortion care through our evidence-based Clinical Policy Guidelines (CPGs), which were first issued in 1996 and are revised annually. NAF also provides the accredited continuing medical education and professional training and support health care professionals need to provide the highest quality abortion care.


NAF provides the medical, provider, and patient perspectives in debates about abortion policies at the federal, state, and provincial levels. NAF’s public policy programs include litigating in the courts, submitting amicus briefs in cases affecting NAF members and their patients, and advocating for a fair and independent judiciary to make the decisions that will affect women for generations to come.


NAF provides women with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies. NAF also works to increase abortion access by training and integrating advanced practice clinicians (APCs)—nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives—into abortion care.

Our Members

feature_nafNAF members include private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for more than half the women who choose abortion in the U.S. and Canada each year. Our members also include public hospitals and both public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia.

Program Areas

NAF provides the only ongoing accredited continuing medical education exclusively in abortion care to advance the clinical skills and update the medical techniques of abortion providers. Read More »
NAF’s quality program sets the standards for quality abortion care in North America and ensures that women receive safe, high-quality abortion services. Read More »
NAF is the leading source for information and professional education about medical abortion. We work to create an environment that encourages health care providers to offer medical abortion services, information, or referrals to their patients. Read More »
NAF works to improve the quality of care women receive in developing countries through international medical education and training programs. Read More »
NAF works to extend our support to women of color, immigrant women, and low-income women, who often face unique cultural, language, and information barriers to obtaining information about pregnancy options and safe abortion care. Read More »
NAF works to reverse the shortage of committed abortion providers by facilitating training partnerships between NAF member clinics and ob-gyn and family practice residency programs. Read More »
NAF works to increase abortion access by training and integrating advanced practice clinicians into abortion services and by supporting their pro-choice advocacy efforts nationwide. Read More »
NAF operates the only national toll-free abortion hotline (1-800-772-9100), which provides personalized support to women seeking accurate information about pregnancy options, abortion procedures, and how to locate safe, high-quality abortion providers. Read More »
NAF works to make sure the voices of providers and patients are heard in state and federal policymaking. Read More »
NAF works to prevent violence against abortion providers by providing them with direct, on-site security training and assistance. NAF also works closely with law enforcement officials to provide intelligence and to help improve law enforcement’s response to incidents of violence and disruption at clinics. Read More »