Our press kit offers a comprehensive look at the political issue of abortion in a medical light. View areas of NAF expertise, including medical facts about abortion, common myths about abortion, and statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers and patients.
Because we are surrounded by myths and misinformation about abortion, it can be difficult to sort out facts from fiction. NAF’s Abortion Facts provide accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of abortion care, including surgical and medical abortion, women’s access to abortion care, women who choose to have abortions, and parental involvement laws.
To interview Vicki Saporta, NAF’s President and CEO, or one of our member abortion providers, contact the Communications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-667-5881.
NAF has been compiling statistics on incidents of violence and disruption against abortion providers since 1977. Our comprehensive database is an invaluable resource that detects changes in the patterns and trends in anti-abortion activities.
NAF’s Violence and Disruption Statistics are an invaluable resource for any reporter writing on clinic violence. They document incidents of violence that range from murder to arson and bomb threats to picketing.
In order to gain an historical perspective on extreme violence against abortion providers and clinics, see NAF’s History of Violence series which includes chronologies of extreme violence such as murders and shootings, arsons and bombings, and anthrax attacks.
NAF also offers profiles of anti-abortion extremist groups and individuals, such as the Army of God, Eric Rudolph, James Kopp, and Clayton Waagner.
Vicki Saporta, NAF’s President and CEO, is an expert on clinic violence and has worked closely with the press during continual coverage of arsons, bombings, and anthrax threats at clinics. She is available for comment on a wide range of violence-related issues. To interview Saporta, email the Communications Department at email@example.com or call 202-667-5881.
About Vicki Saporta
President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation
Under Vicki Saporta’s direction, the National Abortion Federation has played a critical role in supporting abortion providers and ensuring women’s access to safe, legal abortion care. Since taking the helm in 1995, Vicki has dramatically increased NAF’s budget, staff, and membership, and created and expanded programs, thereby increasing NAF’s capacity to address the needs of abortion providers and patients.
Saporta broadened outreach to underserved women through the establishment of the NAF Hotline Fund, which operates a toll-free Hotline and provides 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.
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.
Under Saporta’s guidance, NAF led the introduction of mifepristone (medical abortion pill) in the United States and Canada. Since 2000, more than 3 million women in the United States have safely and effectively used mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy.
Vicki led NAF in setting the standards for quality abortion care in the Americas and expanded the organization’s ability to conduct site visits and provide education and training to help ensure the highest quality of care. She also initiated an international medical education and technical assistance program for abortion providers, and expanded membership and programs in Canada and Latin America so more women could access quality abortion care.
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 care at the federal and state levels. Public policy makers and the media regularly call on Saporta 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.
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 ABC, NBC, and CBS, as well as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, PBS, Court TV, C-SPAN, and NPR. Her television appearances include Good Morning America, 60 Minutes II, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. 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 reproductive health, rights, and justice movement, Saporta had a distinguished career in the labor movement. Beginning as a representative for the Western Conference of Teamsters, 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, which recognizes a lifetime of contributions to civil liberties. 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.”