Violence Statistics & History

Unfortunately, those who oppose abortion have used threats and violence, including murder, arson, bombing, and chemical attacks in an attempt to dissuade providers from offering women comprehensive reproductive health care. NAF’s violence statistics and history are just the beginning in understanding the impact this can have when dedicated health care professionals make the decision to help women by providing abortion care. Learn more »

Anti-Abortion Extremists

For more than 30 years anti-abortion extremists have attempted to use violence against abortion providers to advance their own personal and political agendas. They have injured and murdered health care workers across the country and intimidated and harassed patients who need reproductive health care. Learn more »

Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act

Enacted in 1994 after the first murder of an abortion provider, the FACE Act was passed by Congress to address the rise in violence against clinics and providers. The law imposes federal penalties for using force, the threat of force, or physical obstruction to block access to abortion care. Learn more »

Buffer Zones

Buffer zone laws limit how close demonstrators are allowed to be from a facility by requiring that protests occur at a specific distance from a facility. They are a proven way to balance the importance of safe access to reproductive health care facilities with the free speech rights of anti-choice individuals to distribute literature or engage in conversations with consenting parties. Learn more »