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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September 2020

NAF Mourns Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By |September 18th, 2020|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  NAF and our members mourn the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a true champion for gender equality and an unmatched guardian of each individual’s right to [...]

July 2020

NAF Releases 2019 Violence & Disruption Statistics

By |July 30th, 2020|

For Immediate Release; July 30, 2020 Media Contacts: press@prochoice.org; 202-918-7768 National Abortion Federation Releases 2019 Violence & Disruption Statistics: Escalation of invasions, picketing, trespassing, obstruction, and online hate speech by anti-abortion individuals Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) released its 2019 statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers. The statistics show a disturbing escalation [...]

Remembering John Lewis

By |July 18th, 2020|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the passing of Representative John Lewis: Representative John Lewis was a hero: a man of courage, conviction, and wisdom; an unrelenting champion of civil rights, racial justice, women’s rights, and abortion rights; an exemplar who never gave up [...]

June 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Law

By |June 29th, 2020|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo: We are relieved and encouraged that our member clinics in Louisiana will be able to continue providing the safe, compassionate abortion care that their patients need. People [...]

April 2020

National Abortion Federation Files Amicus Brief in Legal Battle Over Alabama’s COVID-19 Executive Order’s Impact on Abortion

By |April 22nd, 2020|

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 [...]

NAF Calls for End of Anti-Abortion Protesters Increasing Odds of COVID-19 Exposure

By |April 3rd, 2020|

In a letter, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has asked Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer to take action, preventing anti-abortion groups from using the guise of “worship services” to continue harassing patients and clinic staff despite the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order. The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President and CEO of NAF: As an [...]

December 2019

We’re in this together.

By |December 2nd, 2019|

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 [...]

October 2019

Federal Judge Blocks Georgia 6-Week Abortion Ban

By |October 1st, 2019|

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 [...]

BREAKING: Jackson City Council passes buffer zone

By |October 1st, 2019|

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on Jackson, Mississippi health center buffer zone: "We applaud the Jackson City Council for approving a 15-foot buffer zone near the front entrance of health care facilities. We are proud to call Jackson Women’s Health a NAF member [...]

August 2019

Help people like Patty

By |August 29th, 2019|

On NAF’s toll-free Hotline, we hear from callers every day who are struggling to access the abortion care they need. Some people need help finding an abortion provider who can see them. Others need help paying for their procedure or even money to use for gas to get to and from the clinic once they have an [...]