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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April 2019

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s 20-week abortion ban hearing

By |April 9th, 2019|

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 [...]

February 2019

S. 311 is a bill of inflammatory language demonizing women

By |February 25th, 2019|

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 [...]

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 unconstitutional law will not go into effect tomorrow. This will allow those who had their state-mandated, medically-unnecessary ultrasound today and [...]

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 obtaining private insurance coverage for abortion care. It would also permanently restrict federal dollars from covering abortion care for women [...]

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 Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).  “William Barr is not that nominee.” Barr made his [...]

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 period would have only added to the many existing barriers that women in Iowa already face when they try to [...]

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 Ireland. Women should have access to safe, legal abortion care, without having to leave the country. Today’s repeal is an [...]

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 care,” said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). “It is unconscionable to force medical professionals [...]

Trump Administration Pushes Gag Rule

By |May 18th, 2018|

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on Domestic Gag Rule: This rule is another attempt by the Trump-Pence Administration to deny women access to basic health care. It will prohibit health care providers from referring patients for safe, legal abortion care and deny patients access to the information [...]

Escalation in picketing, trespassing, obstruction, clinic blockades, invasions, and threats of harm by anti-abortion extremists

By |May 7th, 2018|

Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) released its 2017 statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers. With anti-abortion extremists feeling emboldened by the current political environment, NAF members reported an escalation of hostility and targeted activity in 2017. Trespassing more than tripled, death threats/threats of harm nearly doubled, and incidents of obstruction rose from [...]