National Abortion Federation head announces 2019 retirement

By Dave Andrusko

Vicki Saporta

Talk about a passing of the torch. Just two weeks after PPFA’s Cecile Richards stepped down as the head of the largest abortion provider in the world after 12 years, a far lesser known but highly influential player in the abortion industry announced that she will retire in June 2019.

For the past 23 years, Vicki Saporta has been the President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). NAF describes itself as

“the professional association of abortion providers in North America. We are unique among pro-choice organizations because we represent the providers who make reproductive choice a reality.”

Put less glamorously, NAF is the abortion industry’s trade association.

There is a lot that could be said about Saporta and her twice-as-long-reign as Richards’. The press release touts what you’d expect. Under Saporta, NAF “experienced unprecedented growth and dramatically increased its ability to support abortion providers and expand women’s access to abortion care.”

But the press release also brags up how under Saporta, NAF “led the introduction of mifepristone (medical abortion pill) in the United States and Canada.”

Personally I found another item more illuminating. Saporta

Led NAF in setting the standards for quality abortion care in the Americas and expanded the organization’s ability to conduct site visits and provide education and training to help ensure the highest quality of care.

Every time I read something like this from a high profile pro-abortion leader I think of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is currently serving three life sentences for murdering babies he deliberately delivered alive and then slit their spinal cords; and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.

According to the Grand Jury report

Gosnell submitted an application to become a NAF member in November 2009 – apparently, and astonishingly, the day after Karnamaya Mongar died. The NAF evaluator conducted a site review on December 14 and 15, 2009. Despite the odd fact that Gosnell’s decision to seek NAF certification coincided with a patient’s death at his clinic, he made no mention of this significant event to the evaluator before she visited. In fact, it was not until their final interview, after she had spent two days with Gosnell at the facility, that he informed her of Mrs. Mongar’s death. …

When asked [by the Grand Jury] if she had ever seen anything like the conditions and practices she observed at Gosnell’s clinic in any of the roughly one hundred clinics she has visited in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the evaluator answered: “No.” Based on her observations, the evaluator determined that there were far too many deficiencies at the clinic and in how it operated to even consider admitting Gosnell to NAF membership. On January 4, 2010, she wrote to Gosnell informing him of NAF’s decision and outlining the areas in which his clinic was not in compliance. The evaluator told the Grand Jury that this was the first time in her experience that NAF had outright rejected a provider for membership. Usually, if a clinic is able to fix deficiencies and come into compliance with the standards, NAF will admit them. Gosnell’s clinic, however, was deemed beyond redemption.

But who did NAF tell? What medical board or agency or authority?

None.