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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July 2015

Health Canada approves medical abortion medication

By |July 29th, 2015|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 29, 2015 CONTACT: Alissa Manzoeillo 202.667.5881, ext 219; 202.595.4395 (after hours/cell) amanzoeillo@prochoice.org   Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and NAF Canada: The approval of mifepristone is great news for women in Canada. Mifepristone has been safely and effectively used by millions of [...]

May 2015

Virginia AG Clarifies Application of Architectural Regs

By |May 5th, 2015|

Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring reversed the legal advice of former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and clarified that building and construction requirements apply to new construction and not existing abortion providers in the state. We never believed that these medically unnecessary architectural regulations should be applied to existing clinics in Virginia. As Attorney General [...]

March 2015

NAF’s President and CEO on AZ’s S.B. 1318: This is unacceptable and not how safe medical care of any kind is provided.

By |March 31st, 2015|

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 31, 2015 CONTACT: Alissa Manzoeillo 202.667.5881; 202.595.4395 (after hours/cell) amanzoeillo@prochoice.org   Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, on Gov. Ducey's signing Arizona's S.B. 1318 into law: Last night, Arizona Governor Ducey signed into law extreme legislation that puts the health and safety of [...]

Busting Abortion Care Myths

By |March 3rd, 2015|

There are many myths—about who chooses abortion care, about providers, etc-- perpetuated by anti-choice proponents, but one of the most harmful lies they circulate is their misinformed belief that abortion care is not safe. They are wrong. NAF member, David A. Grimes busted some myths recently at Huffington Post and continued to help shine a [...]

December 2014

Virginia Board of Health Will Reexamine Politically-Motivated Regulations Targeting Abortion Providers

By |December 5th, 2014|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 4, 2014 CONTACT: Alissa Manzoeillo 202.667.5881; 202.595.4395 (after hours/cell) amanzoeillo@prochoice.org   Virginia Board of Health Will Reexamine Politically-Motivated Regulations Targeting Abortion Providers Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Today, the Virginia Board of Health took an important step toward potentially revising politically-motivated regulations [...]

May 2011

Wednesday’s Words from Women

By |May 18th, 2011|

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 [...]

September 2010

Letter to the Editor in The Baltimore Sun

By |September 9th, 2010|

Today, The Baltimore Sun ran my letter to the editor:As the Maryland Board of Physicians rightly continues its investigation into recent events at an Elkton clinic, it is important to note that cases like this are not representative of the state of abortion care in Maryland or throughout the country ("Abortion that injured teen puts [...]

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April 2009

Film Highlights Consequences of Unsafe Abortion

By |April 7th, 2009|

Today, April 7th, has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as World Health Day. Each year, WHO uses this day as a worldwide opportunity to focus on key public health issues that affect the international community. So it’s very appropriate that independent filmmaker Lisa Russell chose today to premiere her film Not Yet [...]

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New York City Council Passes Clinic Protection Bill

By |April 6th, 2009|

Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill to address incidents of harassment and protect access to reproductive health clinics. The new legislation allows police to arrest anyone obstructing the entrance to a reproductive health clinic, and permits clinic workers as well as patients to file charges against protesters.This bill was first proposed [...]

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March 2009

Blog Examines Potential Rise in Clinic Violence under Pro-Choice Administration

By |March 10th, 2009|

Since the inauguration of President Obama, anti-choice extremists have become increasingly harassing and abusive towards clinics. Yesterday, RH Reality Check examined the potential of increased clinic violence in its blog. Included is commentary from many NAF members, including Claire Keyes, former Director of NAF member Allegheny Reproductive Health Center, Elizabeth Barnes, Executive Director of NAF [...]

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