Planned Parenthood

Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

1993 - 2000

President Clinton is sworn into office and immediately rescinds the Bush administration's federal gag rule on Title X funding and fetal research ban. President Clinton also restores U.S. aid to international family planning programs.

Planned Parenthood begins offering Depo-Provera contraceptive and pre-conception care.

Operation Rescue designates Minneapolis/St. Paul as one of its "Seven Cities of Refuge" and brings the Impact School to Minneapolis. In response, the Minnesota Legislature passes a bill increasing the penalties for "blocking the entrance to a medical facility," and the pro-choice community formed the NEA, which is supported by 3000 volunteers.

Dr. David Gunn, an abortion provider, is shot and killed in a clinic parking lot in Florida.

Congress expands the Hyde Amendment to provide federal funding for abortions in cases of rape and incest.

Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson increases FPSP funding to $4 million.  Attempts to impose a “Gag Rule” on state funding are defeated.

Acquaintance Rape Prevention Program is founded.  Planned Parenthood's Friends Circle begins.

Planned Parenthood files a lawsuit against the Governor and Attorney General of South Dakota, alleging that provisions of a new state statute requiring “informed consent” and a 24-hour delay, as well as 48-hour one-parent notice for minors with no judicial bypass option, is unconstitutional.

Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act is signed into law by President Clinton in response to the murder of Dr. David Gunn. The FACE act forbids the use of threat, intimidation, or physical obstruction to prevent a person from receiving or providing reproductive health care services.

Planned Parenthood's Board purchases a new building in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.

The President’s Circle is established to recognize past Presidents and supporters of Planned Parenthood who have made gifts of $1,000 or more to the annual campaign.

Planned Parenthood begins offering services in Baudette and Wabasha, Minnesota.

Dr. John Bayard Britton and James H. Barrett are shot and killed in a clinic parking lot in Pensacola, FL.

Arson at Planned Parenthood’s Brainerd clinic destroys the clinic.  Planned Parenthood begins offering limited services at a temporary location within a week.

Planned Parenthood announces the opening of a family planning clinic in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Protests begin immediately outside the new clinic.  Arson is attempted at the Rapid City location, but damage is minimal and construction continues.

Shannon Lowry and Lee Ann Nichols are shot and killed in clinics in Brookline, MA.

The U.S. Supreme Court allows the use of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in cases of harassment of abortion providers and pro-choice supporters.

Planned Parenthood goes online with a computer system that will ultimately link all its clinics.

The Hennepin County Board restores its abortion training program at Hennepin County Medical Center.

State court strikes down prohibition on Medicaid funding abortion. President Clinton rescinds rule that had prohibited the use of Medicaid funds for abortions except in cases of rape or incest.

Planned Parenthood initiates lobbying in North Dakota.

U.S. District Court finds that South Dakota’s statute requiring “informed consent/24-hour waiting period" to be constitutional and consistent with the Casey decision. Other provisions of the stature are deemed unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirms the lower court ruling. In April 1996, the Supreme Court refuses to grant South Dakota’s request for further appeal.  South Dakota pays most of Planned Parenthood's legal fees. 

“Right to Know” legislation first introduced. Attempted compromise fails.

The Minnesota Supreme Court decides in Doe v. Gomez that the Minnesota Constitution guarantees to privacy include a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. The Court also holds that Minnesota cannot provide funds for birth-related services and then prohibit the use of funds for abortion-related services, because this would infringe on a woman’s privacy right. The Gomez decision protects abortion rights in Minnesota, and also ensures that the state, through its public insurance programs like Medical Assistance and GAMC, must cover abortion services.

Planned Parenthood's Rapid City Clinic opens, and services in Sioux Falls are expanded to include treatment for abnormal pap smears and vasectomy.

Hibbing and Baudette clinics are closed.

Planned Parenthood adds/expands services to males. Midlife services are started at Twin Cities Metro and South Dakota clinics, along with colposcopy, Cryotherapy, LEEP, and vasectomy services at the Sioux Falls clinic.

Threats against Planned Parenthood escalate. All clinics increase security.

Janet Reno requests increased support of FACE Act.

Planned Parenthood clinics in Little Falls and Austin are closed.

Planned Parenthood completes $3.2 million Capital Campaign.

“Reach One Teach One” peer education program is launched.

Planned Parenthood's name is changed to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota (PPM/SD).

The Highland Park clinic begins offering medical abortion as part of a research trial.

All Minnesota clinics are networked by computer.

Planned Parenthood adds tubal litigation services in Sioux Falls.

Planned Parenthood's Action Fund helps elect first-ever pro-choice Minnesota Senate.

Dr. Mildred Hanson retires as Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota Medical Director.  Dr. Peter D’Ascoli is named new Medical Director.

Planned Parenthood closes its Karlstad clinic.

Young Male Responsibility Project is launched in Brainerd.

South Dakota clinics are networked by computer, completing the agency-wide clinic computerization project.

PPM/SD receives the PPFA Affiliate Excellence Award for Clinical and Social Research. 

“Abstinence only” sex ed bill is defeated in the South Dakota legislature.

So-called “Partial Birth Abortion” ban is stopped in the Minnesota legislature.

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

Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota restructures service delivery system to become more efficient and lays off 24% of its clinic staff. Customer-Focused Service Delivery project is started.

Planned Parenthood of South Dakota Action Fund is launched.

Planned Parenthood initiates Medical Director GYN services, including laser surgery and breast aspiration. 

“NeighborAid” peer education program launched.

PPM/SD receives the PPFA Affiliate Excellence Award for Volunteer Programs.

PPM/SD initiates LEEP services in Minnesota.

Email access is secured throughout PPM/SD's clinic system.

PPM/SD receives the PPFA Affiliate Excellence Award for Public Affairs.

Abstinence-only sex ed bill is defeated in the Minnesota legislature.

In Stenberg v. Carhart, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Nebraska statute banning so-called partial birth abortion is unconstitutional for several reasons:  it lacks the necessary exception for preserving the live and health of the woman, and the definition of the banned procedures is too broad, therefore being an undue burden on the woman.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves mifepristone (RU-486) as an option for abortion very early in pregnancy.

Tom Webber retires after 29 years of service as Planned Parenthood's Executive Director.

Governor Jesse Ventura vetoes “Women’s Right to Know” legislation that would have forced doctors to provide women with government-scripted information at least 24 hours before receiving abortion care.

Planned Parenthood opens Centro de Salud, a Title X-funded clinic dedicated to serving the Latino community in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Entre Amigas, a peer education program for Spanish-speaking Latinas, is launched.
Planned Parenthood Minnesota/South Dakota begins providing medical abortions.

Planned Parenthood re-initiates tubal ligation services in South Dakota.

Planned Parenthood re-initiates pregnancy evaluation services.

Implemented “Jump Start” orientation and training program for all new staff.

PPM/SD hires its first Director of Diversity and Community Partnerships.

Surgical abortion services during June and July are provided at the Minneapolis clinic while the Highland Park clinic is remodeled.

Internet access is secured throughout the PPM/SD system.


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1993 - 2000