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


Under Vicki Saporta’s direction, the National Abortion Federation has played a critical role in ensuring women’s access to safe, legal abortion care. Since taking the helm in 1995, Vicki has significantly increased NAF’s budget, staff, and membership, and created and expanded programs, thereby increasing NAF’s capacity to address critical needs.

Recognizing the need to address violence against abortion providers, Saporta expanded the security services NAF offers its members, successfully advocated to improve law enforcement response to clinic violence, and assisted clinics in improving their own security measures. These initiatives have resulted in a documented decrease in extreme violence against providers.

Saporta has broadened outreach to underserved women through expansion of NAF’s toll-free Hotline and direct assistance to women in overcoming obstacles to obtaining abortion care. The Hotline helps more than 100,000 women each year, most of whom would otherwise not be able to obtain the abortion care they need.

Saporta developed a public policy program that has brought abortion providers and their patients into the forefront of the public debate about abortion. This initiative has been instrumental in defeating attempts to restrict women’s access to abortion at the federal and state levels. Public policy makers and the media regularly turn to Saporta and NAF to learn the provider and patient perspectives on abortion issues. She has also spearheaded national public service advertising campaigns that educated millions of Americans about the safety and availability of abortion care.

Under Saporta’s guidance, NAF set the standards for quality abortion care in North America, and led the introduction of medical abortion (RU-486) in the U.S. NAF has also initiated an international medical education program to improve the quality of abortion care women receive in developing countries.

Major media outlets, federal and state legislators, national and international organizations, and the nation’s leading colleges and universities frequently call on Saporta for her expertise. She has testified before the United States Congress and state legislatures, and frequently presents at national and international conferences, colleges, and universities.

The media regularly turn to Saporta for her commentary on issues that affect a woman’s right to access safe, high quality abortion care. Saporta has appeared on all three major television networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS), as well as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, PBS, Court TV and C-SPAN. Her television appearances include Good Morning America, 60 Minutes II, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Rachel Maddow Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Buchanan and Press, Hannity and Colmes, Cochran and Grace, and The Point with Greta Van Susteren. She has been the subject of feature articles in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Fortune.

Saporta currently serves on the Advisory Board of If/When/How and the Advisory Board of Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has also served on the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Advisory Council of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at her alma mater, Cornell University; on the District of Columbia Commission for Women; the Advisory Council of the Women’s Information Network; the Executive Committee of the National Council of Women’s Organizations; and the Board of Directors of URGE.

Prior to joining the pro-choice movement, Saporta had a distinguished career in the labor movement. She began as a representative for the Western Conference of Teamsters, and Saporta rose to become the first woman to serve as an organizing director for an international union. In her nearly twenty years with the Teamsters Union, she conducted hundreds of successful organizing campaigns in virtually all of the country’s geographic regions and economic sectors.

In 2015, Saporta received the ACLU’s highest honor, the Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty. Saporta was also a recipient of the Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations for exceptional professional accomplishments and outstanding service to the School. She received the Karen Mulhauser Award for her invaluable contributions to the Women’s Information Network and her commitment to the advancement of pro-choice Democratic women. Saporta was also a recipient of the Choice USA Mentor of the Year Award in 2007. Additionally, Saporta was selected by Esquire magazine in 1985 as one of 116 individuals under forty “Who are Changing the Nation.”

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.
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.
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.
Ann Schutt-Ainé, MD; Board Chair
Liz Banks, MSN, FNP-C
Lorie Chaiten, JD
Vicki Cowart
Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM
Chrisse France
Melissa Grant
Marji Gold, MD
Daniel Grossman, MD
Suzanne Morris, MD
Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH
Sarah Ward Prager, MD, MAS
Rolanda Ryan, RN, MHSA
Shelley Sella, MD
Elizabeth Talmont, MSN, NP
Cristina Villarreal Velásquez
Katie Watson, JD
Lori Williams, MSN/APN