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:


For clinic referrals only (no funding):




January 2017

Global HER Act to Permanently Repeal the Global Gag Rule

By |January 25th, 2017|

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the Introduction of the Global Health Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act to Permanently Repeal the Global Gag Rule: We thank Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for their leadership in introducing the Global HER Act and for taking bold [...]

April 2015

A woman’s reproductive health is personal—her boss or the federal government shouldn’t be involved.

By |April 30th, 2015|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 30, 2015 CONTACT: Alissa Manzoeillo 202.667.5881, ext 219; 202.595.4395 (after hours/cell) Statement of National Abortion Federation (NAF) President and CEO, Vicki Saporta, on the passage of H.J. Res. 43:   Tonight, the House of Representatives approved a measure (H.J. Res. 43) to block DC’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act [...]

March 2015

It’s not the same for every woman

By |March 27th, 2015|

My boyfriend and I love life. We've been together for almost 6 years. We have had some amazing times together and many memories. We've always been very careful when it came to making love but just 2 weeks ago I peed on a home pregnancy test and it came back very positive. It was a [...]

November 2013

Birth Control Decisions Should Be Made By Women—Not Their Employers

By |November 26th, 2013|

Today, I issued the following statementI issued the following press release regarding the Supreme Court's decision to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control coverage benefit: Today, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear two challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage benefit.After decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies, [...]

February 2012

Wednesday’s Words from Women

By |February 15th, 2012|

My birth control was replaced with a different brand—not the kind I normally use. My menstrual cycle was off so I decided to go see my doctor to find out what was going on. He gave me a pregnancy test and the results were negative. I was then given a prescription for birth control I [...]

July 2011

Wednesday’s Words from Women

By |July 27th, 2011|

Three years ago, I fell ill. I went from doctor to doctor and finally I hit a brick wall. I had several tests done, however the doctors could not find one illness. Ultimately, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I’m 29 years old and married with two lovely children from a previous relationship. My husband and [...]

May 2011

Abortion Rate Increasing Among Low-Income Women, Declines Overall

By |May 24th, 2011|

According to a study published this week in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the abortion rate in the United States dropped eight percent between 2000 and 2008, while rising nearly 18 percent among the country's poorest women. The study’s authors believe this might reflect tough economic times. "In the middle of a recession, it's possible [...]

February 2010

Maternal Health Pledge Must Include Access to Safe Abortion Care

By |February 11th, 2010|

Today, I issued the following statement:Last week, Prime Minister Harper announced that he plans to make maternal health in the developing world a priority when he hosts the G8 summit in June. If the Prime Minister is truly serious about improving women’s health internationally, his initiatives must address the comprehensive maternal and reproductive health care [...]

Comments Off on Maternal Health Pledge Must Include Access to Safe Abortion Care

May 2009

Spain to Make Plan B Available Without a Prescription

By |May 12th, 2009|

Yesterday, Spain announced plans to make Plan B available over-the-counter in pharmacies without a prescription. Plan B, also known as emergency contraception, will be sold with no age restrictions within the next three months.Currently, access to Plan B varies greatly by region. Some areas of Spain make it available free of charge in government health [...]

Comments Off on Spain to Make Plan B Available Without a Prescription

April 2009

Wednesday’s Words from Women

By |April 22nd, 2009|

Over one-third of women of reproductive age have an abortion by the age of 45. However, women who have chosen abortion are often absent from the public debate. In order to break the silence surrounding abortion, we will be featuring real stories from real women each Wednesday on our blog. If you would like to [...]

Comments Off on Wednesday’s Words from Women