Planned Parenthood

=Central and Greater Northern New Jersey

Central 1980-2009

1982: The Asbury Park clinic relocates to larger quarters at Jersey Shore Medical Center. The first self-sustaining clinic opens in Matawan.

1984: PPMC goes to court to restrain the illegal activities of picketers.

1989: PPMC experiences Operation Rescue blockades with as many as 500 protestors in our parking lot.

1992: Services are expanded to include colposcopy and cryotherapy. 

PPMC testifies to support a state bill to protect clinic staff and patients from harassment and violence.

PPMC joins with other New Jersey affiliates to form the Planned Parenthood Action Network.

1994:  PPMC begins treating and counseling male clients for sexually transmitted infections.

1994-1995: PPMC merges with Planned Parenthood League of Middlesex County to form Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey (PPCNJ).  Following the merger, PPCNJ operates seven health centers located in Freehold, Hazlet, Shrewsbury, Neptune, Spotswood, Perth Amboy, and New Brunswick.

1995: PPCNJ participates in the clinical trials of mifepristone (RU-486).

1998: As lead plaintiff, PPCNJ is victorious over the so-called partial birth abortion ban in New Jersey – a bill that actually would have prohibited most abortion procedures at all stages of pregnancy. 

PPCNJ establishes its first VOX group.

2000-2001: To protect young women, PPCNJ is the lead plaintiff in a successful challenge to the parental notification for abortion law in the New Jersey State Supreme Court.

PPCNJ begins offering medical abortion as an option in early pregnancy.

2004: PPCNJ staff and supporters participate in the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC.

PPCNJ, Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area and Planned Parenthood of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal come together in a groundbreaking partnership (Global Partners) that makes it possible for all three partners to share expertise, experience and ideas with one another.

PPCNJ establishes the Bridge Builders program – a project to improve reproductive health care for minority and immigrant women – a program that will go on to receive multiple awards and become a model program for other Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country.

2005: EC in the ER legislation is passed. Hospital emergency rooms are now required to give EC information to survivors of sexual assault.

2006: In large part to the efforts of PPCNJ staff and supporters, New Jersey refuses federal sex education funding that came with a requirement for abstinence-only programs. 

Contraceptive Equity legislation is passed. Insurance companies are now required to provide prescription coverage for birth control as they would any other prescription drug.

2007: PPCNJ begins renovations on a new facility in Perth  Amboy.

Health services are expanded to include urine-based testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhea, as well as testicular health  education for male clients.

PPCNJ works with other New Jersey affiliates to ensure passage of the Pharmacy Refusal Act.  Pharmacies must now fill prescriptions for birth control, EC, and all medication regardless of their personal beliefs.

2008: PPCNJ reactivates its Clergy Advisory Committee, chaired by Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, America's first ordained female rabbi.

PPCNJ’s education department establishes a Professional Advisory Committee to provide guidance on such topics as professional training offerings, evaluating our programs and services, and assisting with our materials review process.

PPCNJ opens the doors to its new facility in Perth Amboy.

2009: Rapid HIV screening and counseling is made available at all six PPCNJ health centers.

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Central 1980-2009