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.
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.
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 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 »
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 is also currently on the Board of Nursing Students for Sexual & Reproductive Health.
Matthew Reeves, MD, MPH, joined NAF in 2013 and provides medical leadership for NAF and oversees quality assurance activities. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed residency in obstetrics & gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He then completed a fellowship in Clinical Ultrasound at the UCSF Department of Radiology followed by a Fellowship in Family Planning & Contraceptive Research at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his role at the National Abortion Federation, Matt also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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
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