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.

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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 [...]

May 2019

Alabama passes attack on Roe v. Wade

By |May 14th, 2019|

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 [...]

July 2016

What’s happened since the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health decision?

By |July 6th, 2016|

We have received a number of requests to have our "The Burden is Undue" rally signs you've seen everywhere available as a t-shirt. So, we had to make it happen! You can purchase one of these shirts here.  Make sure you order your shirt before July 20th to get it in the first batch to [...]

March 2013

Alabama Legislature Launches All Out Attack on Reproductive Health

By |March 31st, 2013|

Today, The Birmingham News, posted my letter to the editor on a medically unnecessary and politically motivated TRAP bill introduced in the Alabama legislature. The Alabama legislature is launching an all out attack on the reproductive health care of women and their families in the state.                      [...]

July 2007

NAF Staff in the Field: Protecting our Members in Alabama

By |July 18th, 2007|

Update 2Tuesday morning about 20 OSA demonstrators gathered at Planned Parenthood and about 25 more at the New Woman All Women's clinic, while a group of about 120 traveled to Tuscaloosa to protest at the clinic there. I spent my day monitoring the situation and assisting clinic staff in Tuscaloosa. The group there included numerous [...]

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NAF Staff in the Field: Protecting our Members in Alabama

By |July 16th, 2007|

This week in Birmingham, Alabama, anti-abortion group Operation Save America (OSA) will be protesting at Planned Parenthood and the New Woman All Women clinic. New Woman All Women was the clinic that was bombed by convicted murderer Eric Robert Rudolph in 1998. An off duty police officer, employed as a security guard, was killed and [...]

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February 2007

Alabama Man Sentenced to Probation for Clinic Attack

By |February 23rd, 2007|

On Thursday, an Alabama man was sentenced for driving his car into a Tuscaloosa abortion clinic in January 2006. Dalton Ray Skinner was ordered to pay $6,100 in damages, serve five years of probation, and live in an in-house substance abuse center until he successfully completes the treatment program. The judge also ordered Skinner to [...]

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November 2006

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty in Clinic Attack

By |November 29th, 2006|

Dalton Ray Skinner pleaded guilty Tuesday to a January attack on the West Alabama Women’s Center where he drove his car into the front entrance while the clinic was closed. Skinner was indicted in April on one charge of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it a federal crime to [...]

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September 2006

Abortion Clinics in Alabama

By |September 19th, 2006|

An Associated Press article examines how it has become increasingly difficult for abortion clinics in Alabama to find backup physicians to work at their clinics, as providers’ face hostility, harassment, and threats of violence. The article cites our statistics on violence,which we have been compiling against abortion providers since 1977. Our comprehensive database is an [...]

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March 2006

Pro-Choice Activists Fight Back

By |March 24th, 2006|

Pro-choice activists in South Dakota kicked off a campaign today to overturn the state’s abortion ban. Read the Reuters story.NPR has a story about how bills expanding access to emergency contraception are faring in state legislatures. Listen to the report.Anti-choice Alabama legislators have introduced two bills that would ban almost all abortions in the state. [...]

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