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Who We Are

Who We Are

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation's leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation's largest provider of sex education. We offer quality health care , backed by medical experts and over 100 years of research in reproductive care.

Our Mission

Planned Parenthood aims to provide trusted community health care, inform and educate the community, lead the reproductive health and rights movement, and advance global health.

 

Our Vision and Values


Planned Parenthood believes in the individual fundamental right of people throughout the world to manage their reproductive health, regardless of income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. Respect, inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and we honor the right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination enhances quality of life and helps build strong family relationships.

 

Our Goals

  • To provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings that preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual

  • To advocate public policies that guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services

  • To provide educational programs that enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality

  • To promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications

  • More than 100 years of providing education, information, and services to help you make informed choices about your sexual and reproductive health.

  • 2.4 million patients served at Planned Parenthood health centers in the U.S. in 2016.

  • 1.5 million clients served by Planned Parenthood educational programs and outreach.

  • 1.5 million clients served by Planned Parenthood educational programs and outreach.

  • More than 1 million clients served by PPFA-supported partners in 12 countries.

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, is a world renowned leader in the field of women's health and reproductive rights.

Meet Our Featured Leadership

Health Center Staff

Our health center staff are the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care and the nation’s largest providers of sex education. We offer services from medical experts, backed by more than 100 years of research.

Naomi Aberly

Naomi Aberly is a political activist and civic volunteer focused on women’s health.  She has been deeply involved in progressive politics, policymaking, and fundraising at the state and federal levels for the past 15 years.

Our Senior Leadership

The Executive Team makes up the senior leadership of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. They  promote the mission of Planned Parenthood by strategizing to protect women’s health and safety so people lead healthier lives.

Care. No Matter What.
 

Find a health center online or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

What is Planned Parenthood?

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people. Planned Parenthood is also the nation’s largest provider of sex education.

With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood affiliates serve all patients with care and compassion, respect, and without judgment. Through our health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. Why do we do this? Simple. We’re passionate about helping people lead healthier lives.

Is Planned Parenthood a non profit?

Yes, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country are registered 501c3 non-profit organizations. Non-profits exist to fulfill a social good. By law, registering as a 501c3 organization means we’re required to comply with federal and state regulations and are exempt from federal income taxes. Donations to Planned Parenthood are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable under the law.

What does Planned Parenthood do?

Planned Parenthood health centers offer a broad range of sexual and reproductive health care services, as well as general health care, including birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and services, abortion services and referrals, LGBT services, men’s health services, vaccines, and more. Find your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.

What is the history of Planned Parenthood?

The history of Planned Parenthood spans more than 100 years of care, education, and advocacy. In 1916, Margaret Sanger founded  Planned Parenthood with the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams by deciding if and when they’d have children. 
Since then, Planned Parenthood has grown and changed. Today Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 600 health centers across the country, where people can access the health care services they need. Planned Parenthood also leads the country in sex education outreach programs.  And Planned Parenthood Global, our international arm, partners with local organizations to address barriers to health care across the globe. Read more about the history of Planned Parenthood

Who is Margaret Sanger?

Margaret Sanger, who died in 1966, was a trailblazing nurse, educator, and activist. She founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 and led its early years.  Sanger was born in 1879 in Corning, NY to an Irish family. Her mother, who had 11 children and survived 7 miscarriages, died of tuberculosis at age 50, weakened by many pregnancies. 

Sanger’s passion for the idea that women should have the right to decide if and when to have children was inspired by her own family as well as her nursing work with women on the Lower East Side of New York City. In violation of laws at the time, she opened the first birth control clinic in 1916, along with her sister Ethel Byrne and another activist named Fania Mindell. The clinic was shut down after only a few days, and Sanger was arrested — but she was not deterred. 

Sanger spent the rest of her life fighting to build a movement — educating communities across the country about birth control, advocating for reproductive rights, and supporting scientific advancements in reproductive health. She’s considered one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century. 

Despite her heroism, Sanger had beliefs, practices, and associations that we now acknowledge and denounce, and work to rectify today. For example:

  • In her effort to educate about birth control, Margaret Sanger spoke to almost any group interested in the topic. This included giving a speech at a KKK meeting in Silver Lake, New Jersey, in 1926 — where she failed to condemn or question the racism or terrorist acts. .
  • Sanger endorsed the 1927 Buck v. Bell decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that compulsory sterilization of the “unfit” was allowable under the Constitution. This decision enabled states to sterilize citizens deemed unfit without their consent and sometimes even without their knowledge. 

 
While she was an important and influential leader in the early days of the reproductive rights movement and the history of Planned Parenthood, we recognize that Sanger’s decisions were rooted in racism and ableism that hurts communities and goes against everything Planned Parenthood stands for. 

Does Planned Parenthood Work Around the World?

Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates don’t operate any health centers outside of the United States. Planned Parenthood Global is the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and works with partners in Africa and Latin America to address barriers to health care. The International Planned Parenthood Federation is a global network of family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations.