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Surgical abortion is one of the safest medical procedures available in the U.S. And yet, it is shrouded in images of the dangerous "back alley" days prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that struck down state laws banning abortion. Given this history, and the intersection of politics and medicine that occurs in the context of abortion, it is especially important for health care providers, women, and the public to have access to factual, scientifically based information about surgical abortion.

As the professional association of abortion providers that sets evidence-based standards for quality abortion care, NAF is committed to providing accurate information about abortion care.

Educational Resources

Our resources and professional education opportunities about surgical abortion are invaluable for health care professionals and medical educators. They cover a full range of topics relevant to the provision of high-quality care, from procedure selection and technique to pain management, and from patient counseling to quality assurance. More

History and Overview

The development of modern surgical abortion techniques is marked with both reinvention and innovation. Read an historical overview by Carole Joffe, PhD. More


NAF exhibits and sponsors educational sessions at numerous medical conferences to ensure that health care professionals have access to educational resources and information about abortion care. Learn more about conferences

Patient Information

Women who are making decisions about pregnancy and who may be considering their abortion options need factual, unbiased information. Access NAF's patient education resources. More

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educational opportunities. NAF holds two major conferences each year in addition to several regional trainings.  Learn More.
Curriculum. NAF's 2nd Edition Clinical Training Curriculum in Abortion Practice is one of several curricula that have been developed specifically for training medical students, residents, and other health care providers in abortion care.
clinicians for choice. Clinicians Fighting to Keep Reproductive Choice a Reality. view site.
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