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.

Need Help?

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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 Mourns Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  NAF and our members mourn the death of Supreme [...]

NAF Releases 2019 Violence & Disruption Statistics

For Immediate Release; July 30, 2020 Media Contacts:; 202-918-7768 National Abortion Federation Releases 2019 Violence & Disruption Statistics: Escalation of invasions, picketing, trespassing, obstruction, and online hate speech by anti-abortion individuals Today, the National [...]

Remembering John Lewis

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the passing of Representative John Lewis: Representative John Lewis was a hero: a man of courage, conviction, and [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Law

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo: We are relieved and encouraged that our [...]

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.