Remembering John Lewis

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the passing of Representative John Lewis: Representative John Lewis was a hero: a man of courage, conviction, and wisdom; an unrelenting champion of civil rights, racial justice, women’s rights, and abortion rights; an exemplar who never gave up…

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Law

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo: We are relieved and encouraged that our member clinics in Louisiana will be able to continue providing the safe, compassionate abortion care that their patients need. People…

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana’s anti-abortion law

The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the U.S. Supreme Court blocking Louisiana’s anti-abortion law, challenged in June Medical Services v. Gee: We are relieved this unconstitutional law will not go into effect tomorrow. This will allow those who had their state-mandated, medically-unnecessary ultrasound today and…

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Kavanaugh’s confirmation shows zero regard for women

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Today’s vote to confirm President Trump’s anti-woman U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, confirms what we already know: The Trump administration and anti-abortion politicians have zero regard for the real-life experiences of women in America. We have…

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Today’s vote sent a clear message

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): The Senate Judiciary Committee members who voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation today sent a clear message to Americans: overruling Roe v. Wade trumps everything. But there is more at stake than just Roe. The Supreme Court…

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Kavanaugh must withdraw his nomination

Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Given all we have learned about Brett Kavanaugh in recent weeks—including multiple sexual assault allegations and his dishonest testimony before Congress—we call for Judge Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We have adamantly…

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Iowa Supreme Court strikes down 72-hour waiting period

Statement of Melissa Fowler, Senior Director, Communications & Membership at the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Today, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a 72-hour waiting period for abortion care violates the state’s Constitution. This waiting period would have only added to the many existing barriers that women in Iowa already face when they try to…

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SCOTUS allows fake women’s health centers to continue deceptive practices

Statement of Melissa Fowler, Senior Director of Communications & Membership, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in NIFLA v Becerra: “Today, the Supreme Court decided by one vote to allow fake women’s health centers to continue their deceptive practices that harm women and their families. Fake women’s health centers have a long history of using deception…

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Senate Confirms Gorsuch for SCOTUS

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch: Instead of insisting on a consensus nominee who could garner 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader McConnell orchestrated a vote to change Senate rules so that Gorsuch could be confirmed with a simple…

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BREAKING: Gorsuch Advances Out of Committee

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 11-9 vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch: As the nomination of Neil Gorsuch advances to the full Senate, NAF continues to strongly oppose his confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. Neil Gorsuch evaded basic questions about protecting…

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