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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.

NAF Conferences

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

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

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

Published Studies about Abortion

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.

History of Research

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.

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policy research. Our website has information about legislation, court decisions, and election results that affect reproductive rights. U.S. Public Policy. In Canada. How to Read a Scientific Study. How do you know if a study is a 'good' study?  This article by David Grimes, M.D. and Kenneth Schulz, PhD, MBA includes tips about how to assess the methodology, results and conclusions of scientific studies (PDF file, 1.2 MB)

Fellowship in Family Planning - This fellowship was established in the early 1990's to provide opportunities for high-level research and clinical skills in family planning and abortion.

Clinical Policy Guidelines. NAF's Clinical Policy Guidelines are developed based on rigorous review of the relevant medical literature and known patient outcomes. Learn More >
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