Who We Are
At Planned Parenthood our mission is to ensure all people have access to the care and resources they need to make informed decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures. Founded in 1916, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, educator, and passionate advocate here in the U.S. as well as a strong partner to health and rights organizations around the world. Each year, Planned Parenthood delivers vital sexual and reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people.
A Key Role in Public Health
Community is the heart of Planned Parenthood and we strive to be good neighbors in partnership with on-the-ground health and rights organizations. Our expert health care professionals are dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate, and affordable care. No matter what. As a leader in sexual and reproductive services, Planned Parenthood is proud to serve the diverse needs of local communities through a national network of more than 600 health centers operated by our affiliates.
Planned Parenthood health centers provide a wide range of services — namely preventive care, including birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and screenings for cervical and other cancers. Our dedicated doctors, nurses, and support staff take time to not only talk with patients, but to see them for who they are as individuals and support the life they envision for themselves.
Science-backed Education and Resources
As a respected leader in sex education, Planned Parenthood delivers programs, resources, and tools in classrooms, communities, and online that help people make informed choices about their sexuality and relationships, so they can lead full and healthy lives. We are committed to advancing the health of young people in this country by providing comprehensive sex education that is medically accurate, culturally responsive, equitable and accessible — as well as inclusive of varying gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations. Planned Parenthood provides education and outreach to 1.1 million people every year, and millions more through digital sex education tools.
A Leader in the Fight for Reproductive Health, Access, and Rights
Planned Parenthood has 17 million supporters nationwide — activists and donors committed to helping us promote policies that protect and advance access to a full range of sexual and reproductive care and education. The Planned Parenthood Action Network engages activists in all 50 states to stay on top of the issues and get involved with campaigns that advance and protect access to reproductive rights and health.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund — an advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America — is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization; it champions policies that expand people's access to medically accurate care and education as well as the freedom to make their own decisions about sexual and reproductive care. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including public education campaigns, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.
Advancing Global Health
Many individuals around the world are denied access to vital reproductive and sexual health care and information — whether by poverty, a lack of basic services, or politics and war. Planned Parenthood works with more than 100 local organizations in Africa and Latin America to increase access to health care and education. Alongside local leadership, we foster sustainable health and education programs; provide financial grants and funding for family planning services; and fight for legal, social, and political improvements in global communities.
For over 45 years, Planned Parenthood Global — the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America — has worked to ensure people in some of the world's most neglected areas have access to the health care they need to control their bodies and their futures.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is also a founding member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, based in London.