Scientific research serves as the basis for evidence-based abortion care. The field of abortion has a rich history of innovative research and practice. Research conducted by abortion providers has not only impacted the field of abortion, but other areas of medicine as well.
Over the years, the body of scientific literature on topics such as pain management, cervical ripening and various methods of dilation, medical abortion regimens, and early surgical abortion has grown significantly because of expansive research in the field of reproductive health care.
NAF members have contributed to this body of research by serving as faculty at major universities conducting research, working at teaching hospitals, and serving as sites for studies and clinical trials.
Our Annual Meeting and Risk Management Seminar serve as venues for presentation of the latest abortion-related research. Each year the Annual Meeting includes presentations of scientific papers and posters selected from the dozens of submitted abstracts. Learn more about our conferences, including information about submitting abstracts. More
The Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization, conducts and publishes the most complete and accurate research and statistics about abortion services, providers, and patients in the U.S. More
Gynuity Health Projects is a research and technical assistance organization dedicated to the idea that all people should have access to the fruits of medical science and technology development. More
There is a significant body of published studies on abortion care. To find the most up-to-date studies on abortion, visit PubMed at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi to access a comprehensive, up-to-date online database of published literature.
Carole Joffe's "Abortion in Historical Perspective" in NAF's textbook, A Clinician's Guide to Medical and Surgical Abortion, provides a fascinating overview of the innovations that have marked the field of abortion care.