Our founders envisioned a world where all people are free to make life's most profound choices about childbearing and relationships. For 80 years, Planned Parenthood has been working to make this vision a reality in the mid-Hudson Valley.
As an organization, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley has been and will continue to unpack our relationship with Margaret Sanger who had some beliefs, practices, and associations that we acknowledge as well as denounce. She rightly believed that a woman’s right to control her body is a core human right, but some of her practices did not extend that core belief at all times to all women. Those practices are not reflective of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley’s mission or the work that Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley does every day to increase access to health care and opportunity for all.
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley empowers individuals to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives by providing access to high quality, evidence-based and medically-sound health care and educational services, and by promoting and advocating for public policies to make those services available to all.
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley’s services allow individuals to manage their fertility regardless of income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin or residence. We assist our clients to have the self-confidence to make voluntary sexual and reproductive health decisions while preserving the individual's right to privacy.
In 1934, members of the Dutchess County Maternal Welfare League established the first birth control clinic in Poughkeepsie, New York.
In 1936, the first clinic in Newburgh, New York was opened by volunteers. Over the next six decades, two affiliates - Planned Parenthood of Dutchess-Ulster and Planned Parenthood of Orange-Sullivan - flourished side by side in the mid-Hudson Valley.
By the 1990's, we had twelve medical offices, educational outreach throughout the four counties and an extensive grass roots advocacy program.
In 1996 the two affiliates merged to form Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Today, we continue to expand access to safe, affordable contraception, preventive health screenings and comprehensive, compassionate care. Our Education Department is the second largest in New York State. Our advocacy program works to ensure our fundamental reproductive rights.