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

Our members include individuals, 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 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:

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 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.

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 »

Our Leadership

The Very Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an Episcopal priest, is the Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Rev. Ragsdale was most recently the President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, and Senior Fellow at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Prior to assuming the presidency of EDS, Ragsdale was Executive Director of Political Research associates and Vicar of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Pepperell, MA. After leaving EDS, Ragsdale served as Managing Partner at RNL Associates LLC.

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.

Melissa Fowler joined NAF in 2006 and provides leadership for NAF’s communications and media work to ensure that NAF’s perspective and the voices of abortion providers and patients are heard. She also directs NAF’s membership department. She previously worked in direct services as a patient advocate for Planned Parenthood in Dallas. Melissa earned her Bachelors degree at Texas A&M University. She previously served on the Board of Nursing Students for Sexual & Reproductive Health.
 Alice Mark, MD, MSc, joined NAF in 2016 and her work has focused on developing educational materials and training resources for our members. Alice attended Columbia Medical School and completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Harvard. After being in general practice for four years, she did a Family Planning Fellowship at Boston University. Before joining NAF, Alice worked in Clinical Affairs at Ipas.
Lisa M. Brown, JD, joined NAF in 2004 as State Policy Director. As General Counsel & Senior Policy Director, Lisa directs NAF’s policy, legal, and security programs; and works with NAF members and patients to facilitate their participation in the policy making process. Lisa received her BA from Emory University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.
Chloe Hanson Hebert joined NAF as Hotline Fund Director in February of 2011. She has concentrated her social work career in crisis response, social justice, empowerment, and leadership. Chloe has worked in the South, Midwest, and Southwest with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, in suicide support and prevention, with youth in the foster system, with minors and adults who identified on the LGBTQ spectrum, and with women who had current/past experience with incarceration. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Jacksonville University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work form the University of South Carolina.
Sue Carlisle, PhD, MD, Board Chair
Lorie Chaiten, JD
Vicki Cowart
Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM
Chrisse France
Melissa Grant
Daniel Grossman, MD
Dalton Johnson
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