Yesterday, the National Abortion Federation joined 20 other women’s and civil rights organizations in filing an amicus brief explaining the undue burden that Alabama’s COVID-19 Executive Order poses to abortion providers and already marginalized communities. Anti-abortion politicians in Alabama are exploiting the current global pandemic to try and deny women access to the abortion care…

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A note from NAF’s President and CEO, The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale: I am sure many of you saw yesterday’s New York Times piece, “How a Divided Left is Losing the Battle on Abortion,” which raised a number of concerning and challenging issues about our movement. I spoke to this reporter for more than an…

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Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on federal judge blocking Georgia’s 6-week abortion ban: “District Judge Steve C. Jones’ ruling blocking Georgia’s 6-week abortion ban is important and appreciated. The heavy-handed 6-week abortion ban is blatantly unconstitutional, dangerous and disrespectful to women, and should…

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Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on Planned Parenthood Federation of America being forced out of Title X: In July, some NAF members—including Maine Family Planning and Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center—announced they would withdraw from the federal Title X program due to an…

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Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the Women’s Health Protection Act being introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives: Amidst a deluge of politically-motivated attacks on reproductive health care — and especially abortion care — the Women’s Health Protection Act…

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Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on Alabama’s passage of a blatant attack on Roe v. Wade: “In passing this atrocious bill, Alabama’s state legislators have shown their complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the needs of their constituents. Anti-choice politicians have once…

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Statement by The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s 20-week abortion ban hearing: Lying as a form of public discourse is not only immoral it is also corrosive to democracy—and we’ve seen it get people killed. It is not okay to accept…

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Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale on Senator Ben Sasse’s attempt to pass anti-abortion S. 311: This anti-choice bill uses inflammatory language in yet another attempt to justify politically-motivated, medically-unnecessary interference in the practice of medicine, interference that threatens women’s access to reproductive health care. It is an attempt to distract from the Trump-Pence…

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Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on the Trump Administration’s release of the final anti-abortion Title X rule: We believe that all forms of reproductive health care, including abortion care, should not only be legal, but also safe and accessible. Any attempt to reduce…

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