Planned Parenthood

Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota


Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota History


Our story can be traced back to 1928 when the Motherhood Protection League was formed in Minneapolis. Originally designed for educational purposes, the League expanded to include medical services and incorporated in 1931 as the Minnesota Birth Control League. Thus began the evolution of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Ours is one of the largest and oldest of the approximately 100 Planned Parenthood affiliates in the nation, providing vital health services and fighting for reproductive rights.

Key moments in our history and in the history of reproductive rights.

1916: Margaret Sanger opens the world’s first birth control clinic in New York City and women line up to get life-saving birth control information.

1937: The American Medical Association recognizes birth control as an essential health service, lending influential credibility to Margaret Sanger's work of the past two decades.

1950: Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood Federation underwrite the first research to find an excellent oral contraceptive method for women.

1972: In Eisenstadt v. Baird, the U.S. Supreme Court establishes that the right to privacy extends to individuals and establishes the rights of unmarried people to use contraceptives.

1973: In Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court recognizes that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is for a woman to make, not government or politicians.

1986: In Hodgson vs. Minnesota, the US District Court rules Minnesota Parental Notification is unconstitutional, and Minnesota’s Parental Notification law is no longer in effect.

1990: Minnesota Legislature passes the Nurse Practice Act, which allows Nurse Practitioners to prescribe contraceptives.

1998: The FDA approves the first Emergency Contraception for use by women in the United States, available by prescription.

2002: Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota wins a lawsuit in federal court challenging a South Dakota state law that limits access to abortion. South Dakota appeals this decision.

2007: “EC in the ER”, a bill requiring emergency rooms to provide information about emergency contraception to survivors of sexual assault, finally passes in Minnesota.

2010: PPMNS initiates oral rapid HIV testing throughout our clinic system.

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