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Abortion Provider Appreciation Day
March 10 is the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. We believe providers, who include clinic administrators, patient advocates, counselors, security personnel, medical assistants, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, and physicians, deserve to be appreciated and celebrated every day for their compassion, courage, and resilience. Through their dedication, innovation, and strength they make access to abortion care a reality for their patients.
Despite the challenges and threats to their personal safety that they face every day, abortion providers keep showing up for their patients and communities. We are so grateful that abortion providers are there. They have dedicated their lives to this work and we want to thank and honor them in March and all year long!
What Abortion Providers Want
We asked our members what they want this Abortion Provider Appreciation Day and this is what they said.
Say Thank You
Many of our members told us that a thank you card or message would make them feel appreciated. You can send one now and help us thank abortion providers for the ways they are always there for their patients and communities.
Help Us Thank Abortion Providers
I am inspired by NAF members today, and every day. Abortion providers have endured so much in the last few years—from the pandemic, to state bans, to the overturning of Roe—and yet they keep showing up and they keep doing all they can to make abortion care a reality. The NAF staff and Board are honored and grateful to work alongside these amazing providers and forever thankful that abortion providers are always there.
— Lorie Chaiten, NAF Board Chair
It is an honor to celebrate NAF members on Abortion Provider Appreciation Day and to observe the incredible, compassionate work that they do for others today and every day. While this is a day where providers should come first, we know that they spend every other day putting the needs of their patients ahead of their own.
— Melissa Fowler, Chief Program Officer
March 10 was set aside in 1996 as the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers to honor the life and work of NAF member Dr. David Gunn, the first provider murdered by an anti-abortion extremist.
In the early 1990s, anti-abortion extremists concluded that murdering providers was the only way to stop abortion. In total, there have been 11 murders and 26 attempted murders due to anti-abortion violence, including the most recent attack at a NAF member clinic in Colorado Springs, CO, in 2015. Some of the providers who were murdered were attacked in their own homes or churches.
On Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, we especially honor those whose lives were taken far too soon and those who continue to provide care at great risk and personal sacrifice.
Dr. David Gunn
Dr. David Gunn was shot to death by Michael Griffin in Pensacola, Florida. Griffin is serving a life sentence for murder.
Dr. John Bayard Britton and James H. Barrett
Dr. John Bayard Britton and his escort, James H. Barrett were shot and killed in front of a clinic in Pensacola, Florida, by Paul J. Hill. June Barrett was also shot and injured in the incident. Hill was executed by lethal injection on September 3, 2003.
Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nichols
Shannon Lowney (left) and Leanne Nichols (right) were shot and killed by John Salvi at two clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts. Five others were injured in the attacks. Salvi was sentenced to two life terms but committed suicide in prison in November 1996.
Officer Robert Sanderson
Officer Robert Sanderson was killed during a clinic bombing in Birmingham, AL.
Dr. Barnett Slepian
Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot and killed in his home in Amherst, New York.
Dr. George Tiller
Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed in his church in Wichita, Kansas. Anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder confessed to the murder and was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 50 years.
Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed in his church in Wichita, Kansas.
Officer Garrett Swasey, Jennifer Markovsky, and Ke'Arre Stewart
Officer Garrett Swasey, Jennifer Markovsky, and Ke'Arre Stewart were shot and killed when an attacker entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Help us protect abortion providers
Abortion Provider Appreciation Day was established to commemorate the assassination of NAF member Dr. David Gunn, the first abortion provider to be murdered by an anti-abortion extremist. Since we started tracking incidents of violence against abortion providers in 1977, there have been 11 murders, 26 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 194 arsons, and thousands of incidents of criminal activities directed at abortion providers.
In the last year, our members have reported an increase in intimidation tactics, vandalism, death threats, and other activities aimed at disrupting services, harassing providers, and blocking patients’ access to abortion care. NAF provides 24/7 emergency response and security assessments and trainings to abortion providers free of charge. We need your support to continue this work and keep providers safe.