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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October 2019

The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale Named President & CEO of NAF

By |October 30th, 2019|

The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale Named President & CEO of NAF Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Board of Directors announced that The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale has been named President and CEO. Ragsdale has served as Interim President and CEO since September 2018.  “We are pleased to announce that Katherine will be [...]

September 2018

The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale Named NAF Interim President & CEO

By |September 10th, 2018|

The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale Named NAF Interim President & CEO Today, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Board of Directors announced the hiring of The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale as Interim President & CEO of NAF and the NAF Hotline Fund, effective immediately. Today’s announcement comes amid one of the most hostile environments for abortion access and abortion providers in decades, and the Interim President & CEO will [...]

May 2018

Longtime NAF President & CEO Announces Plans to Retire in June 2019

By |May 15th, 2018|

Today, Vicki Saporta, National Abortion Federation (NAF) President and CEO for the past 23 years, announced her plans to retire in June 2019. “It has been a great privilege to lead this organization and work alongside so many courageous abortion providers and dedicated advocates to help ensure that women can access quality abortion care,” said [...]

November 2016

Remembering Attorney General Reno

By |November 7th, 2016|

As we mourn her loss, NAF member Carole Joffe shares her memory of former Attorney General Janet Reno: In more than 25 years of attending NAF annual meetings, one of the most powerful (and wonderful) memories I have is of Janet Reno addressing NAF members at the 1999 meeting in Atlanta. After she spoke eloquently [...]

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 2015

I am forever grateful

By |March 6th, 2015|

To whom it may concern, I'm sure you hear from women who tell you that they never thought they would find themselves in the situation they were in when faced with the choice of abortion. Now I can say I personally understand that because I was in complete shock when I found out I was [...]

November 2014

What we’re Thankful for here at NAF…

By |November 26th, 2014|

This holiday season, we wanted to share some of the things that we are thankful for here at NAF: We’re thankful for our amazing and compassionate NAF Members who provide high-quality, patient-centered abortion care. Our members are on the front lines working to ensure that access to safe, high-quality, patient-centered abortion care is still a [...]

Positive Development in New Brunswick, but Further Steps Needed

By |November 26th, 2014|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 26, 2014 CONTACT: Alissa Manzoeillo 202.667.5881; 202.595.4395 (after hours/cell) Positive Development in New Brunswick, but Further Steps Needed Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of NAF Canada: Today’s announcement by Premiere Gallant is an important step to ensuring that women in New Brunswick can access the abortion care [...]

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, [...]

April 2013

Statement on the Release of President Obama’s 2014 Budget

By |April 10th, 2013|

Today, I issued the following statement on the release of President Obama’s 2014 budget: The President’s budget takes an important step toward lifting a ban that prohibits DC from using its locally raised revenue to help low-income women obtain the abortion care they need. This discriminatory policy interferes with the rights of DC residents and has [...]