Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri

History Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri

 80 Years of

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri


  • Margaret Sanger came to Kansas City to enlist theinterest of community leaders for forming a Birth Control League and planted the idea of an organization dedicated to family planning.


  • The Maternal Health League of Kansas City was founded and incorporated as a nonprofit organization. The organization opened the city's first birth control clinic at Swope Settlement, a neighborhood house. Three hundred patients were seen in the first year.


  • The Maternal Health League changed its name to the Planned Parenthood Association (PPA).


  • The first permanent office was established at 1127 E 31st Street.


  • PPA began organizing a large volunteer program.


  • The Jacob L. Loose private foundation for the needy was established in Kansas City, Missouri.


  • The FDA approved the use of oral contraceptives. In 1961, birth control pills were added to the list of contraceptives offered at Planned Parenthood.


  • The PPA office moved to 3222 Troost, a location accessible to low-income families. Center attendance was increased as a result.
  • The Pap smear program was introduced.


  • The last restrictive legislation on birth control was eliminated in Massachusetts, making contraception legal in all states.


  • Inez Benson, Executive Director since 1945, resigned.


  • Dedicated volunteers founded Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri (PPCM) as a nonprofit organization and a provisional affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). With a budget of $12,500, PPCM opened a part-time birth controlcenter in the Columbia Professional Building at 900 University Avenue in December. (Mid-MO)


  • The Central office of PPA moved to 4950 Cherry.
  • PPCM became a certified PPFA affiliate and began providing birth control services in Moberly, Missouri. PPCM served 1,454 people during its first year. (Mid-MO)


  • The patient load doubled from 2,000 to 4,000. (KC)
  • Planned Parenthood of Kansas first opened its doors in Wichita when a local physician, Dr. Paul Kaelson, made space available for the center in his office. Before long, full-time staff was hired and the center was moved to a space in the offices of the Kansas Children's Service League. At that time, PP was providing service to about 1,200 patients. (KS)


  • On January 22, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade held that the constitutional right to privacy extended to a woman's right to have an abortion.
  • Plans were laid for the development of a full-service center in Kansas City.
  • The branch office in Warrensburg opened.


  • The building at 1001 E 47th Street was purchased through Capital Funds.
  • Wichita center moved into a house on First and Grove. (KS)


  • PPA moved into a new center at 1001 E 47th Street. The Independence center became a branch office.
  • The 1001 E 47th Street center began providing first trimester abortion procedures.
  • PPCM opened a center for family planning in Jefferson City at 706 Monroe Street. (Mid-MO)


  • The Hays Center opened with initial client numbers reaching 200. (KS)
  • The Wichita center is moved to Central Ave. (KS)
  • In Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion without consent of parent or spouse.


  • In Maher v. Roe and Poelker v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state and local governments have the right to refuse to fund non-therapeutic Medicaid abortions for the indigent and that localities may refuse to provide "elective" abortions in publicly funded hospitals.
  • The North Kansas City center moved to downtown North Kansas City and became a branch clinic. A new branch was opened in South Kansas City. The 1001 E 47th Street site suffered severe damage in the September 12 flood.


  • The State of Missouri restricted Medicaid funding for abortions.
  • Restoration and expansion of the Planned Parenthood Center at 1001 E 47th Street was completed, including center and administration offices.
  • The Religious Affairs Committee was organized by the PPA Board of Directors.
  • PPCM began providing birth control services in Booneville and at the Columbia Health Department.


  • The Board of Directors sponsored a Margaret Sanger Centennial Celebration with PPFA President Faye Wattleton as featured speaker.


  • Family planning centers added colposcopy as one of their services.
  • The Board of Directors formed a Public Affiars Committee to respond to family planning legislative issues.


  • The Public Affairs Department was established. Over 1,200 people became members of the Legislative Alert Network to advocate for legislation and public policy promoting reproductive freedom.
  • The Columbia Center moved to a new building, located at 800 North Providence Road. PPCM had 13,289 patient visits.
  • PPCM initiated Menopause Seminars.


  • The Religious Affairs Committee published a position statement entitled "Moral Choices: A Religious Perspective" which was printed as a brochure and distributed to local legislators,media, area clergy, PP affiliates and other interested persons.


  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Kansas City (PPGKC) observed its 50th Anniversary by holding many activities and programs. The main event of the year was the Teen Pregnancy Conference, held October 4.


  • Planned Parenthood expanded abortion services to include 13-14 week abortions.
  • PPCM opened the Fulton Center at 201 E Fifth Street, under the name Women's Health Center - Planned Parenthood, and relocated the Moberly Center to the Westlake Building at 316 Woodland Avenue.


  • The Columbia Center moved into a new facility at 711 N Providence Road, which also provides offices for PPCM administration, education and public affairs.
  • PPCM initiated colposcopy and cryotherapy services to provide identification and treatment of pre-cancerous uterine tissue.


  • The Jefferson City Center moved to 1005 Northeast Avenue.


  • On July 3, the U.S.Supreme Court handed down its decision in Reproductive Health Services v. Webster. State legislatures were given the right by the court to create abortion restrictions that accommodate the state's interests. Places like Truman, NKC and Liberty Hospitals eliminated abortion services. However, PPGKC's Board of Directors gave authorization to expand abortion services through 20 weeks to help those having difficulty finding an abortion provider.
  • In an effort to serve rural women, three rural centers were established: Marshall and Sedalia opened their doors on April 1, and Richmond opened on July 1.
  • On December 29, PPGKC's Independence Center was firebombed. The reception area was completely destroyed by an intense incendiary device while the rest of the center suffered from smoke damage. Two 17-year-old Harrisonville teens were charged with the crime.
  • Operation Rescue abortion opponents barricaded and invaded the Columbia Center. In August, 43 abortion opponents were arrested and prosecuted for trespassing; in December, 12 abortion opponents were arrested and prosecuted for trespassing.


  • After the firebomb at the Independence Center in December of 1989, a new PP Center opened in the Independence area on September 4.
  • PPCM began confidential AIDS testing and counseling of patients and partners.
  • PPFA President Faye Wattleton spoke at PPCM 20th Anniversary.
  • PPCM received the KOPN Community Award.


  • PPGKC was the first of the Planned Parenthood affiliates to create a chaplain position for the Midtown Center.
  • For the first time, PPGKC patients were able to purchase Norplant, a birth control implant with a five-year effectiveness.
  • PPFA commemorated its 75th Anniversary.
  • PPCM developed a peer education prevention program called interAct: Teen-to-Teen Theater.


  • The Board of Directors voted on May 13 to create Planned Parenthood Advocates of Greater Kansas City (PPAGKC), a nonprofit corporation.
  • interAct: Teen-to-Teen Theater premiered at the Missouri Theater in Columbia.
  • PPCM received the PPFA Award for Excellence in medical services.


  • On March 10, Dr. David Gunn was murdered outside of Pensacola Women's Medical Service Clinic where he had served as Medical Director.
  • On May 14, the Missouri General Assembly adopted a budget that, for the first time, contained state appropriations for family planning services. PPGKC secured monies to serve low-income women, and amendments to prevent abortion providers like PPGKC were defeated.
  • PPCM began providing male services, in addition to partner treatment.
  • PPCM offered post-coital contraception for rape and failed contraception and began Depo Provera services.


  • On May 27, President Clinton signed into law the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrance (FACE) Act.
  • PPCM established the Diane M. Booth Advocacy Fund to help guarantee reproductive freedom and the Yvonne Kimber Health Care Fund to purchase medical equipment for patient needs.


  • PPGKC celebrated its 60th anniversary with a luncheon and dinner event featuring guest speaker Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Case. Seven hundred people attended the luncheon and $60,000 was raised.
  • PPCM commemorated their 25th Anniversary with a special program featuring interAct and Joycelyn Elders, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General.
  • On December 1, PPGKC merged with PPCM to create Planned Parenthood of Mid-Missouri and Eastern Kansas (PPMEK) for a total of 10 health centers.


  • The Promotoras Program received the National PPFA Pepe Award for excellence in programming to serve diverse communities.


  • PPKM acquired Comprehensive Health located at 4401 W 109th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. Comprehensive Health was a for-profit corporation that provided abortions and family planning services. On acquisition, it was converted to a nonprofit corporation.


  • PPMEK merged with Planned Parenthood of Kansas to create Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM), making a total of 13 Planned Parenthood family planning centers throughout Kansas and Mid-Missouri:
    • Columbia
    • Comprehensive Health (Overland Park)
    • Fulton
    • Hays
    • Independence
    • Jefferson City
    • Lawrence
    • Midtown
    • North Kansas City
    • Sedalia
    • South Kansas City
    • Warrensburg
    • Wichita
  • The Capital Campaign was launched, intending to raise $3.5 million over a three-year period.
  • The Midtown center ceased providing abortions. In Kansas, the "partial-birth" abortion law was enacted.


  • Anti-choice leaders in Missouri were successful in blocking PPKM from receiving state funds for family planning services, eliminating $630,000 in funds used to serve more than 4,200 low-income women.
  • CEO Patty Brous resigned after nearly 10 years of leadership and later died following a long battle with breast cancer.
  • Peter Brownlie, former CEO of PP affiliates in Fort Worth and South Bend, assumed the CEO position in August.


  • The Suzanne E. Allen Education and Training Center opened, which also houses PPKM's administrative offices. The center honors Suzanne E.Allen, who supports PPKM with generous gifts of time, money, commitment and wisdom, continuing a family tradition.
  • Twenty-three high power rifle shots were fired into Comprehensive Health office window over New Year's weekend when the building was unoccupied. Security upgrades ensued.
  • In April, the Board of Directors renamed the Midtown Center the Patricia Catlin Brous Center for Reproductive Health.


  • The facility housing the center in Columbia, Missouri was purchased.
  • Comprehensive Health began offering medical abortions (Mifepristone/Mifeprex).
  • All centers began offering Lunelle, a monthly injectible contraceptive.
  • Bold Vision: 2025 goals were set by PPFA affiliate membership for the next 25 years.
  • The PPKM Board of Directors votes to discontinue accepting Missouri Family Planning funds.
  • The Fulton Clinic is closed.
  • Education Empowers, a $1.5 million endowment campaign, is launched to permanently endow PPKM's education department.


  • Surgical abortions resumed at the Columbia Center in Missouri.
  • The Jefferson City Center moved to 1400 Southwest Blvd.
  • The Lawrence Center moved to 2108 W 27th Street.
  • A lawsuit challenging PPKM's participation in Missouri state funding for family planning is dismissed.


  • PPKM participated in the March for Women's Lives on April 25 in Washington, D.C.
  • Missouri passed a budget eliminating state family planning services for low income and uninsured women.
  • Operation Save America picketed the Wichita health center claiming Planned Parenthood educators encouraged teens and children to have sex.
  • Missouri Mandatory Delay, an abortion restriction requiring a woman to confer with her doctor at least 24 hours prior to her abortion, became law.


  • Latino Outreach is launched.


  • A grant is awarded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to fund expansion of prevention/sex education offerings in Kansas City's urban core,raise community awareness about emergency contraception and increase our capacity to enable us to serve the growing numbers of low and no-pay clients seeking reproductive health services at our Midtown center.
  • Wise Guys, a program which empowers young males, is offered in Wichita through a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment(KDHE).
  • PPFA awarded its Central Region Diversity Award to PPKM's Bilingual Education Program.
  • The Sedalia Center is closed in August.
  • Phill Kline, Kansas Attorney General, attempts to obtain complete confidential medical records of women served by Comprehensive Health.


  • In July 2007, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed HB1055 into law. The law prohibits PPKM educators from providing any educational materials in public schools. Missouri schools now have the option to provide sex education that meets federal abstinence guidelines. It also requires all abortion facilities to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.
  • The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City awarded a grant to PPKM to fund a full-time Volunteer Coordinator.
  • The Brous Community Advisory Group is formed.
  • External facility upgrades are completed at Brous.
  • A Menorah Legacy Foundation Grant is received to coordinate a program with Operation Breakthrough to provide low-cost long-term birth control to midtown women.
  • In October, Phill Kline, now Johnson County District Attorney, filed 107 criminal charges against PPKM.
  • A Johnson County Grand Jury is convened by petition in December 2007 to investigate potential violations by PPKM.


  • The Grand Jury in Johnson County disbands without issuing any indictments against PPKM.
  • An abortion ban ballot initiative is started in Missouri.
  • Interior facility upgrades are completed at Brous. The May Annual Board of Directors meeting was held at the health center.
  • In a ceremony on September 13, the newly renovated Patty Brous Health Center was rededicated in Mrs. Brous' memory and vision.


  • Dr. George Tiller, the medical director of Women's Health Care Services in Wichita and provider of later abortions, was murdered while attending church.


  • Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri celebrates its 75th Anniversary!



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