Here is the press release we issued today:
Washington, DC – Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), released the following statement today praising the government of Mexico City for moving forward with a law requiring city hospitals to provide abortion services in the first trimester and allowing the establishment of private abortion clinics:
Women in Mexico City and throughout Mexico deserve to have access to a full range of safe reproductive health care options. We know from experience that access to safe, legal abortion care protects the health and saves the lives of women. No longer will women in Mexico City have to jeopardize their lives and health by self inducing or seeking a back alley, illegal procedure.
As the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada, NAF has worked for 30 years to ensure the safety and accessibility of abortion care for women. We set the standards for quality abortion care in North America and conduct continuing medical education to ensure that providers are able to offer the highest quality care.
NAF plans to share our quality guidelines and experience with abortion providers and medical facilities in Mexico City. Several of our members have already expressed an interest in assisting colleagues in Mexico to begin offering quality care.