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Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood
Abbreviation PPFA
Motto Care. No matter what.
Formation 1916 to 1942[note 1]
Legal status Federation
Purpose Reproductive health
Headquarters New York City & Washington, D.C.
Region served
United States and other countries through Planned Parenthood Global.[1][2]
~700 clinic locations,[3] ~68 medical or related affiliates, 101 non-medical affiliates[2]
Website .org.plannedparenthoodwww

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), usually referred to simply as Planned Parenthood, is a reproductive health as well as maternal health services in the U.S. and internationally. PPFA is an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and one of its larger members. PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in the U.S. She founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which changed its name to "Planned Parenthood" in 1942. Planned Parenthood reports that it consists of approximately 174 affiliates and 700 health clinics in the United States and abroad.[2][4]

Planned Parenthood's mission is fourfold: to directly provide reproductive and complementary health services, to advocate public policy, to educate, and to promote research in reproductive healthcare technology.[2] PPFA provides healthcare services to about three million people in the country, and supports services for over one million people outside the United States.

PPFA is the largest single provider of reproductive health services in the United States. In 2013, PPFA saw 2.7 million patients in 4.6 million clinical visits. It provided 3.6 million contraceptive services, 4.5 million HIV and other STD related services, about 1 million breast, cervical, and other cancer related services, over 1 million pregnancy tests and prenatal services, over 300,000 abortion services, and over 100,000 other services, for a total of 10.6 million discrete services.[5][6][7][8][9] They have a combined revenue of US$1.3 billion, including roughly US$530 million in government funding such as Medicaid reimbursements.[2][9] Throughout its history PPFA has experienced support, controversy, protests,[10] and violent attacks.[11]


  • History 1
    • Early history 1.1
    • After Sanger 1.2
    • Margaret Sanger Awards 1.3
  • Services 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Planned Parenthood Global 4
  • Funding 5
  • Political advocacy 6
  • Before the U.S. Supreme Court 7
  • Court cases 8
  • Debate and opposition 9
    • Sexual freedom, birth control, and sterilization 9.1
      • Margaret Sanger and eugenics 9.1.1
    • Abortion 9.2
      • Undercover videos by anti-abortion activists 9.2.1
        • By Live Action
        • By The Center for Medical Progress
  • Violence by anti-abortion activists 10
  • See also 11
  • Notes 12
  • References 13
  • Further reading 14
  • External links 15


Early history

Margaret Sanger (1922), the first president and founder of Planned Parenthood

The origins of Planned Parenthood date to October 16, 1916, when Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York.[12] All three women were arrested and jailed for violating provisions of the Comstock Act, accused of distributing "obscene materials" at the clinic. The so-called "Brownsville trials" brought national attention and support to their cause. Sanger and her co-defendants were convicted on misdemeanor charges, and they appealed this through two subsequent appeals courts. While the convictions were not overturned,[13] the judge that issued the final ruling also modified the law to permit physician prescribed birth control. Their campaign led to major changes in the laws governing birth control and sex education in the United States.[14]

In 1938, the clinic was organized into the

  • Official website
  • Works by or about Planned Parenthood Federation of America in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America collected news and commentary at The New York Times
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America Records, 1918-1974 (PPFA I) Planned Parenthood Federation of America Records, 1928-2009 (PPFA II) Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund

External links

  • Manon Perry, Broadcasting Birth Control: Mass Media and Family Planning. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Further reading

  1. ^ "Planned Parenthood Global: Who We Are". Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Planned Parenthood Federation of America (Inc.) and Related Entities, Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Information, Audited, June 30, 2013 and 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Planned Parenthood At a Glance". Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Planned Parenthood at a Glance". Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Planned Parenthood Annual Report for 2013". Planned Parenthood. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Lee, Michelle Ye Hee (August 12, 2015). "For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, '3 percent' and '94 percent' are both misleading". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Largest provider of reproductive health services:
    • The Planned Parenthood women's health encyclopedia, p vii
    • Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Sex and Intimacy, p 149
    • Maternal and child health: programs, problems, and policy in public health, p 104–105
    • Playing it safe: how the Supreme Court sidesteps hard cases, p 226
    • American journal of public health, Volume 83, Issues 7–12, p 1093
  8. ^ Number of abortions:
    • Thorn
    • PPFA accounts for approximately 27% of abortions performed in the U.S, according to Heidi Group "Activists say Planned Parenthood, nation's premier abortion provider, thanked Speaker Joe Straus after 2009 session", Politifacts, January 4, 2011, accessed May 29, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Ross, Janell. August 4, 2015. How Planned Parenthood actually uses its federal funding. The Washington Post. Retrieved: 22 August 2015.
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    • "Breast cancer fundraising lags after abortion dispute". Reuters. 24 Mar 2012. 
    • "Opponents of Texas abortion restrictions rally at Capitol". Reuters. 1 Jul 2013. 
    • "Anti-abortion protesters rally at Planned Parenthood sites". Reuters. 22 Aug 2015. 
    • "Social media at forefront of social protest". Reuters. 3 Feb 2012. 
  11. ^ *For violence, see §Violence by anti-abortion activists.
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  1. ^ Planned Parenthood "dates its beginnings to 1916" but a predecessor, the American Birth Control League, was not founded until 1921 and the organization did not adopt its name until 1942


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In the US, abortion providers have been threatened with death, and facilities that provide abortions have been attacked or vandalized.[162][163] Planned Parenthood clinics have been the target of a number of instances of violence by anti-abortion activists, including bombing, arson, and attacks with chemical weaponry.[177] In 1994, John Salvi entered a Brookline, Massachusetts Planned Parenthood clinic and opened fire, murdering receptionist Shannon Elizabeth Lowney and wounding three others. He fled to another Planned Parenthood clinic where he murdered Leane Nichols and wounded two others.[178] In 2012, a Grand Chute, Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood clinic was subject to a bombing perpetrated by an unknown individual.[163] In 2015, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Pullman, Washington was heavily damaged by arson.[179]

Violence by anti-abortion activists

In October 2015, Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer accept reimbursement for the costs of collecting and shipping fetal tissue to research labs for the approximately 6 out of 700 clinics that provide those services. Citing an "anti-abortion agenda" by some in Congress, Planned Parenthood's move was designed to remove a reason for politically motivated attacks.[161]

The CMP videos and allegations attracted widespread media coverage as part of the long-term American political abortion debate,[151] and sparked protests at hundreds of PPFA affiliates nationwide as well as calls for investigation by Republican members of Congress.[152][153][154] On September 18, 2015 the House of Representatives passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood,[155] though an earlier effort in the Senate failed to gather enough support.[156] On September 24, 2015 the Senate blocked a plan that would have denied federal funding for Planned Parenthood.[157] Several states cut contracts and funding for Planned Parenthood following the videos.[158][159][160]

CMP founder [148] Planned Parenthood condemned these as false accusations, stating that all donations are made "with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards," and "there is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood."[148][149]

In July and August 2015 the The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a number of edited videos.[145][146][147] They were secretly recorded by hired actors who discussed acquiring tissue samples from aborted fetuses with Planned Parenthood officials.[148][149][150]

By The Center for Medical Progress

No criminal convictions resulted,[142] but some Planned Parenthood employees and volunteers were fired for not following procedure, and the organization committed to retraining its staff.[143] Additionally, one center was placed on probation.[144]

Beginning in 2010, Live Action has released several series of undercover videos filmed in Planned Parenthood centers. Live Action said one series showed Planned Parenthood employees at multiple affiliates actively assisting or being complicit in aiding a prostitution ring,[139] advising patients on how to procure sex-selective abortions,[140] and one who said they would immerse a child born alive after a botched abortion in a chemical solution to make it stop moving and breathing.[141]

By Live Action

Periodically, pro-life advocates and activists have tried to demonstrate that Planned Parenthood does not follow applicable state or federal laws, but a 2005 review by the Bush administration's Department of Health and Human Services "yielded no evidence of clinics around the nation failing to comply with laws on reporting child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest."[134] The groups called or visited Planned Parenthood health centers posing as victims of statutory rape,[135] minors who by law need parental notification before abortion,[134][136] racist donors seeking to earmark donations to reduce the African-American population,[50][137] or pimps seeking abortions for underage prostitutes.[138] As a result of the pro-life entrapments, several PP workers were disciplined or fired.[137][138]

Undercover videos by anti-abortion activists

[133] Anti-abortion activists dispute the evidence that greater access to contraceptives reduces abortion frequency.[132] said that, because of its birth control and family planning services, PPFA could be "characterized as America's largest abortion preventer."Chicago Tribune Megan Crepeau of the [131] According to PPFA's own estimates, its contraceptive services prevent approximately 612,000 [129] Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the U.S.

[54] Planned Parenthood has consistently maintained that federal money received by Planned Parenthood is not used to fund abortion services, but pro-life activists have argued that the federal funding frees up other resources that are, in turn, used to provide abortions.[128] nearly leading to a government shutdown over the issue in 2011.[54] Planned Parenthood has occupied a central position in the


Critics of Planned Parenthood often refer to Sanger's connection with supporters of eugenics to discredit the organization by associating it, and birth control, with the more negative modern view of eugenics.[125][126] Planned Parenthood has responded to this effort directly in a leaflet acknowledging that Sanger agreed with some of her contemporaries who advocated the voluntary hospitalization or sterilization of people with untreatable, disabling, hereditary conditions, and limits on the immigration of the diseased. The leaflet also states that Planned Parenthood "finds these views objectionable and outmoded" but says that it was compelled to discuss the topic because "anti-family planning activists continue to attack Sanger . . . because she is an easier target" than Planned Parenthood.[127]

As part of her efforts to promote birth control, however, Sanger found common cause with proponents of eugenics, believing that she and they both sought to "assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit."[124]

In the 1920s, various theories of American Eugenics Society, although she argued against many of their positions.[118][119][120] Scholars describe Sanger as believing that birth control and sterilization should be voluntary, and not based on race.[121] Sanger advocated for "voluntary motherhood"—the right to choose when to be pregnant—for all women, as an important element of women's rights.[122][123]

Margaret Sanger and eugenics

Sexual freedom, birth control, and sterilization

Planned Parenthood has been the target of criticism for its positions on women's rights to sexual self-determination and sexual freedom, family planning, and free access to birth control, sterilization, and abortion.

Debate and opposition

In Indiana, Planned Parenthood was not required to turn over its medical records in an investigation of possible child abuse.[114] In 2005, Planned Parenthood Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota was fined $50,000 for violating a Minnesota state parental consent law.[115] In 2012, Judge Gary Harger ruled that the state of Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding, if the doctors or clinics advocate for abortion rights.[116]

In 2006, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, a strongly anti-abortion advocate, released some sealed patient records obtained from Planned Parenthood to the public. His actions were described as "troubling" by the state Supreme Court, but Planned Parenthood was compelled to turn over the medical records, albeit with more stringent court-mandated privacy safeguards for the patients involved.[111] In 2007, Kline's successor, Paul J. Morrison, notified the clinic that no criminal charges would be filed after a three-year investigation, as "an objective, unbiased and thorough examination" showed no wrongdoing. Morrison stated that he believed Kline had politicized the attorney general's office.[112] In 2012, a Kansas district attorney dropped all of the remaining criminal charges against the Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal abortions, citing a lack of evidence of wrongdoing.[113] In all, the Planned Parenthood clinic had faced 107 criminal charges from Kline and other Kansas prosecutors, all of which were ultimately dropped for lack of evidence.[113]

In some states, Attorneys General have subpoenaed medical records of patients treated by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has gone to court to keep from turning over these records, citing medical privacy and concerns about the motivation for seeking the records.[111]

Court cases

  • Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth (1976). Planned Parenthood challenged the constitutionality of a Missouri law encompassing parental consent, spousal consent, clinic bookkeeping and allowed abortion methods. Portions of the challenged law were held to be constitutional, others not.[102]
  • Planned Parenthood Association of Kansas City v. Ashcroft (1983). Planned Parenthood challenged the constitutionality of a Missouri law encompassing parental consent, clinic record keeping, and hospitalization requirements. Most of the challenged law was held to be constitutional.[103]
  • Planned Parenthood v. ACLA (2001). The American Coalition of Life Activists (ACLA) released a flier and "Wanted" posters with complete personal information about doctors who performed abortions. A civil jury and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals both found that the material was indeed "true threats" and not protected speech.[104]
  • Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood (2003). Planned Parenthood sued Attorney General Gonzales for an injunction against the enforcement of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Planned Parenthood argued the act was unconstitutional because it violated the Fifth Amendment, namely in that it was overly vague, violated women's constitutional right to have access to abortion, and did not include language for exceptions for the health of the mother. Both the district court and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed,[105][106] but that decision was overturned in a 5–4 ruling by the Supreme Court.[107]
  • Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (2006). Planned Parenthood et al. challenged the constitutionality of a New Hampshire parental notification law related to access to abortion.[108][109] In Sandra Day O'Connor's final decision before retirement, the Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts with instructions to seek a remedy short of wholesale invalidation of the statute. New Hampshire ended up repealing the statute via the legislative process.[110]

Other related cases include:

Planned Parenthood regional chapters have been active in the American courts. A number of cases in which Planned Parenthood has been a party have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Notable among these cases is the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the case that sets forth the current constitutional abortion standard. In this case, "Planned Parenthood" was the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter, and "Casey" was Robert Casey, the governor of Pennsylvania. The ultimate ruling was split, and Roe v. Wade was narrowed but upheld in an opinion written by Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter. Harry Blackmun and John Paul Stevens concurred with the main decision in separately written opinions. The Supreme Court struck down spousal consent requirements for married women to obtain abortions, but found no "undue burden"—an alternative to strict scrutiny which tests the allowable limitations on rights protected under the Constitution—from the other statutory requirements. Dissenting were William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Byron White. Blackmun, Rehnquist, and White were the only justices who voted on the original Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 who were still on the Supreme Court to rule on this case, and their votes on this case were consistent with their votes on the original decision that legalized abortion.[101] Only Blackmun voted to maintain Roe v. Wade in its entirety.

Former Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt with Congressman Albert Wynn in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

Before the U.S. Supreme Court

[100] and maintains national headquarters in New York and Washington, D.C.[99] The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has 58 active, separately incorporated chapters in 41 states[98], which is registered as a Planned Parenthood Action Fund Planned Parenthood's advocacy activities are executed by the

Citing the need for medically accurate information in sex education, Planned Parenthood opposes abstinence-only education in public schools. Instead, Planned Parenthood is a provider of, and endorses, comprehensive sex education, which includes discussion of both abstinence and birth control.[94]

Planned Parenthood argues for the wide availability of emergency contraception (EC) measures.[91] It opposes conscience clauses, which allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense drugs against their beliefs. In support of their position, they have cited cases where pharmacists have refused to fill life saving drugs under the laws.[92] Planned Parenthood has also been critical of hospitals that do not provide access to EC for rape victims.[93]

The organization also opposes laws requiring ultrasounds before abortions, stating that their only purpose is to make abortions more difficult to obtain.[88] Planned Parenthood has also opposed initiatives that require waiting periods before abortions,[89] and bans on late-term abortions including intact dilation and extraction, which has been illegal in the U.S. since 2003.[90]

Besides directly providing birth control, Planned Parenthood advocates for access to birth control and strongly endorses sympathetic leaders.[82] The modern organization of Planned Parenthood America is also an advocate for reproductive rights.[83] This advocacy includes contributing to sponsorship of abortion rights, and to women's rights events.[84] The Federation opposes restrictions on women's reproductive health services, including parental consent laws. To justify their opposition, Planned Parenthood has cited the case of Becky Bell, who died following an illegal abortion, rather than seek parental consent for a legal one.[85][86] Planned Parenthood also takes the position that laws requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor are unconstitutional on privacy grounds.[87]

Political advocacy

[81] Pro-life groups have advocated the boycott of donors to Planned Parenthood.[77] Some, such as the Buffett Foundation, have supported reproductive health that can include abortion services.[77] Large donors also contribute a substantial portion of the organization's budget. Past donors have included the [76] Planned Parenthood is also funded by private donors, with a membership base of over 700,000 active donors, whose contributions account for approximately one quarter of the organization's revenue.

A coalition of national and local pro-life groups have lobbied federal and state governments to stop funding Planned Parenthood. As a result, federal and state legislators have proposed legislation to reduce funding levels.[65][67] Six states have gone ahead with such proposals.[51][68][69][70] In some cases, the courts have overturned such actions, citing conflict with federal or other state laws, and in others, the federal executive branch has provided funding in lieu of the states.[69][70][71] In other cases, complete or partial defunding of Planned Parenthood has gone through successfully.[72][73] Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has attempted to sever the contract with Planned Parenthood in his state (where no abortions are provided), at a time when there is an epidemic of syphilis in New Orleans, and where Louisiana ranks first among the states in cases of gonorrhea, second in chlamydia, and third in syphilis and HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[74] Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana last year administered approximately 20,000 tests for these infections, and provided gynecological examinations, contraceptives, screening for cancer, and other services for nearly 10,000 mostly low-income patients, and there is insufficient access to medical care for the people who now can't be seen at Planned Parenthood clinics.[74] Planned Parenthood and three patients are suing Louisiana, with the US Justice Department siding with Planned Parenthood.[75]

Planned Parenthood receives above a third of its money in government grants and contracts (about $528 million in 2014).[54][63] By law, federal funding cannot be allocated for abortions,[65] but some opponents of abortion have argued that allocating money to Planned Parenthood for the provision of other medical services "frees up" funds to be re-allocated for abortion.[51][66]

In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, total revenue was $1.3 billion: non-government health services revenue of $305 million, government revenue (such as Medicaid reimbursements) of $528 million, private contributions of $391 million, and $77 million other operating revenue.[63][64] About 59% of the revenue is put towards the provision of health services, while non-medical services such as sex education and public policy work make up another 15%; management expenses, fundraising, and international family planning programs account for about 16%, and 10% of the revenue in 2013-2014 was not spent.[63]

Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act, amending the Public Health Service Act. Title X of that law provides funding for family planning services, including contraception and family planning information. The law had bipartisan support from liberals, who saw contraception access as increasing families' control over their lives, and conservatives who saw it as a way to keep people off welfare. Nixon described Title X funding as based on the premise that "no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition."[62]

Planned Parenthood headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C.


PPFA's international outreach and other activities are performed by Planned Parenthood Global, a division of PPFA.[2] Offices are located in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Abuja, Nigeria; and Nairobi, Kenya. The organization's focus countries are Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopa, and Kenya.[61]

Planned Parenthood Global

The largest facility, a $26 million, 78,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) structure, was completed in Houston, Texas in May 2010.[60] This serves as a headquarters for 12 clinics in Texas and Louisiana.[60]

PPFA owns about $54 million in property, including real estate. In addition, PPFA spends a little over $1 million per year for rented space.[2]

PPFA has two U.S. offices and three international offices. It has 68 medical and related affiliates and 101 other affiliates including 34 political action committees.[2] These affiliates together operate more than 700 health centers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.[3][55][56] Together, they are the largest family planning services provider in the U.S. with over four million activists, supporters and donors.[57][58][59] Planned Parenthood is staffed by 27,000 staff members and volunteers.[41]

Location in Houston, Texas


Given that each patient receives about three services on average, the percent of abortions provided out of the total services provided—3%—may not clearly represent the importance of abortion to PPFA.[6] Each year, 12 percent of PPFA's patients gets an abortion,[52] which is expensive when compared with other services.[53][54]

In 2013, PPFA saw 2.7 million patients in 4.6 million clinical visits.[5] Roughly 16% of its clients are teenagers under the age of 20.[3][39] It provided 3.6 million contraceptive services, 4.5 million sexually transmitted disease services, about 1 million cancer related services, over 1 million pregnancy tests and prenatal services, over 325,000 abortion services,[40] and over 100,000 other services, for a total of 10.6 million discrete services.[5][41][42][43][44][45][46] PPFA has said that it is the largest U.S. provider of reproductive health services.[47][48][49] PPFA is well known for providing services to minorities and the poor;[50][51] according to PPFA, 75% of their clients have incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.[41]

The services provided by PPFA affiliates vary by location. These services include birth control and long-acting reversible contraception;[37] emergency contraception; screening and prevention for breast, cervical and testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; unique sex education programs; menopause treatments; vasectomies; community outreach, such as high school and college workshops and presentations; LGBT services; and abortion.[5][38]


In 1966, PPFA began awarding the Margaret Sanger Award annually to honor, in their words: "individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights." In the first year, it was awarded to four men, Carl G. Hartman, William H. Draper, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Martin Luther King.[30][31][32][33] Later recipients have included John D. Rockefeller III, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ted Turner.[34][35][36]

Margaret Sanger Awards

[29] On February 15, 2006,

[15] Another initiative was the commencement of a "Global Partnership Program", with the aim of building a vibrant activist constituency in support of family planning.[15] From 1996 to 2006, Planned Parenthood was led by

A Planned Parenthood supporter participates in a demonstration in support of the organization.

Faye Wattleton became the first African American president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1978. Wattleton, who was the youngest president in Planned Parenthood's history, served in this role until 1992.[22][23] During her term, Planned Parenthood grew to become the seventh largest charity in the country, providing services to four million clients each year through its 170 affiliates, whose activities were spread across 50 states.[24]

Following Margaret Sanger, Guttmacher Institute in 1977.[21]

After Sanger

Largely relying on a volunteer workforce, by 1960 the Federation had provided family planning counseling in hundreds of communities across the country.[15] Planned Parenthood was one of the founding members of the International Planned Parenthood Federation when it was launched at a conference in Bombay, India in 1952.[15][17][18]

[16] In 1942 the League became known as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.[16] However, some found its title offensive and "against families" so the League began discussions for a new name.[15]

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