Common Questions and Myths

Read about common questions and myths such as:

If I have an abortion, will I be able to get pregnant again?

Does abortion cause an increased risk of breast cancer?

Is there a post-abortion syndrome?

Making an Informed Choice

We want you to be able to make an informed decision, no matter what option you may choose. The information in these pages can help you think through your options.

Abortion: ending your pregnancy.
Adoption: giving someone else the legal right and responsibility to raise your child.
Parenthood: carrying the pregnancy to term and raising your child.

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Abortion and COVID-19

During this public health crisis, pregnancy care, including abortion care, remains an essential health service. As the professional association of abortion providers, NAF can provide suggestions to facilities to reduce exposure risks to patients and staff.
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Help NAF members, their patients, and women keep choice a reality

The support of individuals who are deeply committed to reproductive choice is essential to our ability to help our members keep their doors open to serve women.

NAF’s 2020 Clinical Policy Guidelines for Abortion Care (CPGs) Now Available

First published in 1996 and revised every two years, the CPGs set the standards for quality abortion care in North America.

Read more and to download the 2020 Clinical Policy Guidelines for Abortion Care »

NAF Calls for End of Anti-Abortion Protesters Increasing Odds of COVID-19 Exposure

In a letter, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has asked Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer to take action, preventing anti-abortion groups from using the guise of “worship services” to continue harassing patients and clinic staff despite [...]

Reproductive Health Care Providers: Abortion Is Essential 

As state governments in Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and other states attempt to eliminate abortion access by labeling abortion as “non-essential” health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations representing reproductive health care providers, including the Abortion [...]

Ohio Attorney General Uses COVID-19 to try and Advance Anti-Choice Agenda

Statement from The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): On March 20, Ohio Attorney General David Yost sent a letter to two abortion clinics ordering them to cease [...]

National Abortion Federation (NAF) Canada Statement on Abortion Access During COVID-19

National Abortion Federation (NAF) Canada Statement on Abortion Access During COVID-19 The National Abortion Federation (NAF) Canada and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights join their voices to ensure that abortion care remains available [...]

NAF is perhaps best understood as kind of a ‘mini-AMA.’ Abortion is the only field in medicine to have one, or need one.
The New York Times Magazine


Abortion is an issue of the heart. Until one understands the heart of a woman, nothing else about abortion makes any sense at all.
Dr. George Tiller


I can honestly say that I don’t know how we would have gotten through the onslaught of those first days and weeks without the many different kinds of support and assistance that NAF provided us.
Marilyn Buckham, Director, Buffalo GYN Womenservices, speaking about the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian


Get Involved with NAF

Right now women have the right to choose. Your involvement is key to maintaining your freedom.
Don’t take choice for granted!

Clinicians in Abortion Care

Clinicians in Abortion Care (CIAC) is a membership organization representing pro-choice certified mid-wives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses working to increase access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

Whether members provide abortions, educate colleagues and the public about abortion care, or lend their voice in advocating for reproductive choice and the important contribution their professions can make, their role is vital to increasing access to comprehensive reproductive health care. Learn more about CIAC »


Privacy Practices

View NAF’s Notice of Privacy Practices (PDF file, 25K): Information about how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.