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Johanna Schoen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621180

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621180.001.0001

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The Formation of the National Abortion Federation and the Standards Debate

The Formation of the National Abortion Federation and the Standards Debate

(p.93) 3 The Formation of the National Abortion Federation and the Standards Debate
Abortion After Roe

Johanna Schoen

University of North Carolina Press

In 1976, abortion providers came together to establish the National Abortion Federation. NAF members came from a broad range of different backgrounds. Now they gathered to negotiate the goals and directions of the new organization and formulate a set of standards for abortion care. Chapter four analyzes these negotiations. While clinics following the medical model placed high priority on professionalism, feminist clinics argued that professionalism established hierarchies between abortion providers and patients and sought to provide services with lay personnel instead. A 1978 expose on substandard abortion clinics in Chicago drew attention to the need for clinic regulations and their enforcement and prompted NAF to establish regular inspections of member clinics. While the tensions between professional medical services and feminist clinics remained, NAF members agreed on a set of principles to guide abortion care.

Keywords:   National Abortion Federation, Emma Goldman Clinic, Feminist clinics, clinic standards, clinic regulations, professionalism

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