Common Questions and Myths

Read about common questions and myths such as:

If I have an abortion, will I be able to get pregnant again?

Does abortion cause an increased risk of breast cancer?

Is there a post-abortion syndrome?

Making an Informed Choice

We want you to be able to make an informed decision, no matter what option you may choose. The information in these pages can help you think through your options.

Abortion: ending your pregnancy.
Adoption: giving someone else the legal right and responsibility to raise your child.
Parenthood: carrying the pregnancy to term and raising your child.

Need Help?

For information and financial assistance, call the NAF hotline:

1-800-772-9100

For clinic referrals only (no funding):

1-877-257-0012

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February 2019

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana’s anti-abortion law

By |February 7th, 2019|

The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the U.S. Supreme Court blocking Louisiana's anti-abortion law, challenged in June Medical Services v. Gee: We are relieved this [...]

Trump seized another opportunity to use inflammatory rhetoric

By |February 5th, 2019|

Statement by The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on President Trump's anti-abortion remarks during the State of the Union Address: We are not surprised President Trump [...]

January 2019

McConnell files cloture for harmful anti-abortion S. 109

By |January 16th, 2019|

Today, Senator Mitch McConnell filed cloture for S. 109, an extreme and harmful anti-abortion bill, giving it a procedural vote without even a committee hearing. S. 109 would prevent millions of women in America from [...]

NAF opposes Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, William Barr

By |January 15th, 2019|

“America needs an Attorney General who will lead with impartiality, respect the rule of law that protects access to abortion care, and hold anti-abortion extremists accountable for their actions,” said The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock [...]

NAF opposes Trump Administration’s latest anti-abortion rule

By |January 8th, 2019|

Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), the professional association of abortion providers, joined others in submitting comments opposing the Trump Administration’s latest anti-abortion effort: the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program Integrity” proposed [...]

November 2018

We are not sad to see Sessions go.

By |November 7th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on Jeff Sessions resigning: We are not sad to see Jeff Sessions go. We opposed Jeff Sessions’ [...]

Oregon votes to protect abortion access

By |November 6th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on Oregon's anti-abortion Measure 106 failing: By defeating Measure 106, Oregon rejected the latest attempt by anti-abortion [...]

Alabama passes extreme anti-abortion ballot initiative

By |November 6th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on the passing of anti-abortion Amendment 2: Today, Alabama passed Amendment 2, granting full legal rights to [...]

WV passes initiative to deny abortion access

By |November 6th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on the passing of West Virginia's anti-abortion Amendment 1: Today, West Virginians passed Amendment 1, setting the [...]

October 2018

Kavanaugh’s confirmation shows zero regard for women

By |October 6th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Today’s vote to confirm President Trump’s anti-woman U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, confirms what we already [...]

September 2018

Today’s vote sent a clear message

By |September 28th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): The Senate Judiciary Committee members who voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation today sent a clear message [...]

Kavanaugh must withdraw his nomination

By |September 26th, 2018|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Given all we have learned about Brett Kavanaugh in recent weeks—including multiple sexual assault allegations and his [...]

The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale Named NAF Interim President & CEO

By |September 10th, 2018|

The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale Named NAF Interim President & CEO Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Board of Directors announced the hiring of The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale as Interim President & CEO of NAF and the NAF Hotline Fund, effective immediately. [...]

July 2018

We need a Supreme Court justice who will honor established precedent

By |July 9th, 2018|

Statement of Melissa Fowler, Senior Director, Communications & Membership at the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: President Trump promised to put forth a nominee who would oppose [...]

June 2018

Iowa Supreme Court strikes down 72-hour waiting period

By |June 29th, 2018|

Statement of Melissa Fowler, Senior Director, Communications & Membership at the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Today, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a 72-hour waiting period for abortion care violates the state’s Constitution. This waiting [...]

SCOTUS allows fake women’s health centers to continue deceptive practices

By |June 26th, 2018|

Sign posted by a fake women's health center in order to trick patients into entering their door instead of the abortion clinic, EMW, next door. Statement of Melissa Fowler, Senior Director of Communications [...]

NAF is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment

By |June 14th, 2018|

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): As a mission-driven organization dedicated to justice, NAF is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment in which all individuals are [...]

May 2018

Ireland’s Historic Eighth Amendment Vote

By |May 26th, 2018|

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on Ireland’s Eighth Amendment Referendum Vote: The repeal of the Eighth Amendment is long overdue and very good news for women in [...]

Trump-Pence Administration Announce Title X Gag Rule

By |May 23rd, 2018|

Last night, the Trump-Pence administration announced changes to the Title X program that amount to a domestic gag rule. “This rule is another attempt by the Trump-Pence Administration to deny women access to reproductive health [...]

Convicted Anti-Abortion Criminal Released After 30 Years in Prison

By |May 22nd, 2018|

Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon, an anti-abortion criminal convicted of clinic blockades, arsons, butyric acid attacks, aggravated assault with a gun, and the attempted murder of Dr. George Tiller has been released after nearly 30 years in [...]