The organization known today as Planned Parenthood Los Angeles was founded in April of 1965 to meet the growing need for reproductive health care in Los Angeles County.
In 1965, oral contraceptives were new and the first IUD was just released for general use. Abortion was illegal in California, as in the majority of states, and a minor could not receive contraceptive services without parental consent. The tools and resources needed to provide family planning services were limited and the need for them in Los Angeles continued to grow.
Today, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles offers the full range of reproductive health care services towomen, men and teens throughout Los Angeles County. The county's largest provider of reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles operates 17 health centers and two Planned Parenthood Basics.