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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1-877-257-0012

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April 2020

The National Abortion Federation Condemns Anti-Abortion Protests that Increase Risk of COVID-19 Exposure

By |April 22nd, 2020|

At a time when many in the U.S. are complying with public health guidance and practicing social distancing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep their families and communities safe, anti-abortion protesters are still going to clinics to harass abortion providers and patients seeking care, ignoring social distancing guidelines, and invading people’s personal [...]

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 [...]

October 2019

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 [...]

May 2019

2018: Alarming escalation in anti-abortion trespassing, obstruction, and vandalism

By |May 24th, 2019|

National Abortion Federation Releases 2018 Violence & Disruption Statistics: Escalation in picketing, trespassing, obstruction, vandalism, and online hate speech by anti-abortion individuals Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) released its 2018 statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers. As anti-abortion politicians continue to test the U.S. Supreme Court by passing unconstitutional anti-abortion laws and [...]

May 2018

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 [...]

October 2017

Ontario creates safe zones around clinics and homes

By |October 26th, 2017|

Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation Canada on the creation of 50-metre “safe zones” outside abortion clinics, pharmacies providing medical abortion medication, and abortion providers’ homes in Ontario: We applaud the passage of the Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act (Bill 163) to help ensure patients and their [...]

February 2017

As his nomination advances, NAF continues to oppose Sessions

By |February 1st, 2017|

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 11-9 vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: As the nomination of Jeff Sessions advances to the full Senate, NAF continues to strongly oppose his confirmation as Attorney General of the United States. Sessions has a [...]

January 2017

The Attorney General must lead with impartiality.

By |January 10th, 2017|

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General: NAF strongly opposes the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States. Sessions has a long record of opposing protections for abortion providers and we have serious concerns [...]

April 2016

Dramatic Increase in Threats, Violence Directly Correlates with Release of Misleading Videos

By |April 5th, 2016|

Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) released 2015 statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers. The statistics reflect a dramatic increase in 2015 in hate speech and internet harassment, death threats, attempted murder, and murder, which coincided with the release of heavily-edited, misleading, and inflammatory videos beginning in July. “The sharp rise in threats [...]

March 2014

Kudos to Madison for creating buffer zone

By |March 4th, 2014|

Today, the Capital Times in Wisconsin posted my letter to the editor, applauding the Madison City Council on the passing of a 8-foot buffer zone around medical facilities:   Dear Editor: We applaud the Madison City Council for passing an ordinance that creates a roaming 8-foot buffer zone around patients who are within 160 feet [...]