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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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 [...]

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

Convicted Anti-Abortion Criminal Released After 30 Years in Prison

By |May 22nd, 2018|

Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon, an anti-abortion criminal convicted of clinic blockades, arsons, butyric acid attacks, aggravated assault with a gun, and the attempted murder of Dr. George Tiller has been released after nearly 30 years in prison. “Her release is very concerning,” said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). “This is [...]

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 [...]

November 2017

No Parole for Murderer Griffin

By |November 1st, 2017|

By Vicki Saporta Today, the State of Florida Commission on Offender Review is reviewing the case of Michael Frederick Griffin, a convicted murderer who shot and killed Dr. David Gunn in 1993 as Gunn walked from his car to the Pensacola Women’s Medical Services clinic where he provided abortion care. Griffin—a man who had a [...]

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 [...]

July 2017

Judge Holds Daleiden, CMP in Contempt

By |July 17th, 2017|

Today, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), David Daleiden, and Daleiden’s criminal attorneys Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira in civil contempt for multiple violations of our Preliminary Injunction (PI). NAF’s Preliminary Injunction prohibits Daleiden and his co-conspirators from releasing any footage they [...]

June 2017

BREAKING: Attempt to Disqualify Judge Fails

By |June 26th, 2017|

Today, U.S. District Judge James Donato denied the Center for Medical Progess’ (CMP) request to disqualify Judge William Orrick from continuing to preside over our case. CMP filed the motion to disqualify Orrick two years into our case—on the eve of a hearing to determine if CMP and David Daleiden should be held in contempt [...]

March 2017

BREAKING: Arrest warrant issued for anti-abortion smear video creators

By |March 28th, 2017|

Statement by Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF): Tuesday, the California Attorney General filed a criminal complaint and arrest warrant detailing 15 felony charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. As we’ve known all along, David Daleiden and his co-conspirators are the ones who broke the law, not abortion providers. [...]