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 members include private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for approximately 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.
Our Board has developed Ethical Principles for Abortion Care, which our members must follow.
Ragsdale served for 17 years (9 of them as chair) on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. As Chair, she led the Coalition through a change of its name, mission, and organizational structure. During that time the Coalition’s budget, staff, and office space more than doubled in size. She has also served on the national boards of NARAL Pro-Choice America and The White House Project. She has been featured on NPR and PBS. She has appeared on Wm. F. Buckley’s Firing Line, on Debates/Debates, Faith Under Fire, Religion and Ethics, and many news broadcasts. She has testified before the United States Congress as well as numerous state legislatures and was a featured speaker at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC. She is widely sought as a speaker on issues of public policy affecting women, professional ethics, and lesbian/gay rights.
Ragsdale is the editor of Boundary Wars: Intimacy and Distance in Healing Relationships; the author of “The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to the Domestic Violence Crisis” in Albany Law Review (vol. 58, number 4, 1995); and Hannah, a short story about later abortion care, as well as many other articles and speeches. She has a B.A. in English and Religion from William and Mary; Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School. In her spare time she kick-boxes and flies herself to meetings in a single engine airplane.
Prior to joining NAF in 2019, Ms. Jones served as the Vice President of Operations for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) where she was responsible for the management of ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification program, the call center, business service operations, and exam delivery and test security. During her tenure at ABIM she was responsible for the development and monitoring of the annual operational plan. Additionally, she launched ABIM’s marketing, media, and internal communications efforts.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Jones served as the Director of Marketing for Penn Medicine. In this role she developed corporate advertising and branding programs to promote key medical and surgical departments. She served as Co-Producer of an Emmy-award-winning consumer health education program.
Ms. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
Lorie Chaiten, JD
Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM
Daniel Grossman, MD
Julia McDonald, DO, MPH
Suzanne Morris, MD
Brenda Pereda, MD, MS
Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH
Sarah Ward Prager, MD, MAS
Rolanda Ryan, RN, MHSA
Ann Schutt-Ainé, MD
Elizabeth Talmont, MSN, NP
Cristina Villarreal Velásquez
Katie Watson, JD
Lori Williams, MSN/APN