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For Immediate Release

October 17, 2016

Contact: Carrie Mumah at [email protected] or 212-274-7294     

PPNYC Celebrates Turning 100 Years Strong at City Hall 

Staff, Patients, Elected Officials, and Supporters Celebrate a Century of Providing and Advocating for Reproductive Health Care and Education for New Yorkers

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Planned Parenthood of New York City celebrated turning 100 Years Strong with a press conference commemorating the opening of the first clinic by Margaret Sanger in 1916 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Elected officials, patients, activists, staff, and supporters spoke at City Hall, and City Hall was lit up in pink in celebration. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, NYS Senator Liz Krueger and NYS Assemblymember Latrice Walker all spoke at the event.

"For 100 years Planned Parenthood has been part of the fabric of this incredible city," said Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. "We've grown as the city has grown, and we've changed and adapted as the communities we serve have changed. The values of Planned Parenthood and New York City are deeply aligned – people come to NYC to pursue their goals and build their lives, and people come to Planned Parenthood for the very same reasons."

For the past century, Planned Parenthood has transformed sexual and reproductive health care and empowered millions of people worldwide to make informed health care decisions, forever changing the way they live, love, learn and work. From this single clinic in Brooklyn, Planned Parenthood has now grown to approximately 650 health centers across the country, including five in New York City – one in each borough.

Planned Parenthood of New York City now proudly serves more than 64,000 New Yorkers each year, inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations and regardless of immigration status and ability to pay. PPNYC's Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit program provides high-quality health care and resources to the most underserved New Yorkers, including the Brownsville neighborhood where Planned Parenthood started. PPNYC reaches another 25,000 New Yorkers through a range of education and training programs for young people, parents and professionals. PPNYC is a champion in expanding access to reproductive health care, improving sexual education, and advocating for policies that make the lives of people better every day.

"We’ve made incredible progress during our first century and we’re just getting started," said Malin. "We work towards a world where access to health care and essential rights are a reality for all people. Planned Parenthood of New York City will fight for these goals – now and always. We are committed to improving the lives of New Yorkers, no matter what.”

Across the country, Planned Parenthood affiliates and supporters are celebrating, acting, and sharing as part of the #100YearsStrong effort. More than 150 community events took place worldwide.

To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s Centennial, go to 100years.plannedparenthood.org .

Support from Elected Officials:

“Planned Parenthood has worked at the forefront of women’s health care for 100 years, providing vital services to women of all ages, resources and backgrounds. They have been true champions for women, standing strong against politically motivated attacks and attempts to roll back women’s reproductive rights, like those we are battling in Congress today. As a result, thousands of women who depend on Planned Parenthood continue to have access to the full range of women’s health services. I wish them the greatest success in their next 100 years.” - U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler

"Planned Parenthood has long been a champion for women’s health care and reproductive rights, often in the face of great opposition and hostility. As a primary provider of low cost women’s health services, Planned Parenthood centers are often the only opportunity for women to access vital reproductive care, especially in underserved communities. I am proud to support this trailblazing organization upon the occasion of their Centennial Anniversary and I pledge to always be a partner in advocacy for women’s health." - New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery

"For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has educated millions on the importance of women's health and remains an important voice dedicated to providing health care services in our communities. This milestone is to be celebrated and respected, and I wish Planned Parenthood great success for its next 100 years." - New York State Senator Mike Gianaris

"Since the opening of its first birth control clinic in 1916, Planned Parenthood has been an invaluable resource for women’s health care and progressive policy. Its unrelenting advocacy has provided countless women with life-saving medical care and services. As we celebrate 100 years strong, we must also fight to make sure Planned Parenthood can continue to stand on the forefront of social justice and health care access for the next 100 years. As other states roll back reproductive rights, New York must stand up for women’s access to the health care they need –including codifying Roe v. Wade into New York State law and providing comprehensive sex education to all young New Yorkers. I am thankful to Planned Parenthood for being the leader on these issues for an entire century and look forward to standing together for many years to come." - New York State Senator Brad Hoylman

"100 years ago, Planned Parenthood opened their doors for the first time with a mission to provide women with the information and care needed to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams with no ceilings. Today, it is important that we acknowledge the progress that has been made over the last 100 years, as well as remember that there is still so much more that can be done. As legislators, we have the responsibility to provide our constituents access to high-quality health care services. That is why I am proud to salute Planned Parenthood on 100 years of ensuring that New Yorkers have the rights and access to the health care they need." - New York State Senator Tony Avella

"Since 1916 Planned Parenthood has been a leading reproductive and sexual health care provider and pioneer in the movement for reproductive rights and services.  For over 100 years Planned Parenthood of New York has provided services to all New Yorkers, regardless of age, background, immigration status, or ability to pay.  I have the unique honor of serving as Assemblyperson where Margaret Sanger opened the nation's first family planning clinic in the Brownsville, Brooklyn." - New York State Assembly Member Latrice Walker

"For 100 years now, Planned Parenthood has stood as a beacon of light for women of all backgrounds to seek out and receive the reproductive care they need, no matter the obstacles placed in front of them. I am proud to stand with them in the fight for reproductive justice and equality not only today but every day and look forward to them leading us through the next 100 years." - New York State Assemblymember Nily Rozic

“The world is a better place because of Planned Parenthood. My mother, a Jamaican immigrant, often would say if it wasn't for Planned Parenthood she doesn't know who would have provided health access to her. Thank you, Planned Parenthood, for being life gamechangers. As men, we need to stand up for women and women's rights all of the time, especially in times like these. For the past 100 years, women across the country have relied on Planned Parenthood to provide top-quality health care, to protect their reproductive rights, and to be their voice of advocacy. The 650 health centers operated by Planned Parenthood are an invaluable resource for millions of women and their families every year. From breast cancer screenings to family planning, from mobilizing local communities to standing up for rights in Supreme Court battles, Planned Parenthood provides health and hope for all. Thank you for being #100YearsStrong, and, I cannot wait for your next 100 years of service.” - New York State Assemblymember Michael Blake

"Generations of women have been healthier because of the fundamental services that Planned Parenthood has provided to women most in need. For 100 years, they have lead the charge in empowering women to have control over their bodies and we are all stronger because of it. As political and personal attacks of women continue to heighten, the protections and services that Planned Parenthood provides are even more imperative." - New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick

"What an extraordinary milestone for an extraordinary organization that does such important work for so many women in this city. While many across the nation seek to turn back the clock with an agenda from another century, Planned Parenthood believes in moving into the future. It doesn't just protect progress — it delivers it. We are so proud to stand with its leadership to help ensure the next hundred years of Planned Parenthood become even more successful than the past hundred." - NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

“For 100 years Planned Parenthood has provided health services that empower women in New York City and allow them to make informed decisions about their health. From a humble clinic in Brownsville to a robust health, education, and advocacy organization across New York City, Planned Parenthood has a long, storied history of providing 'care that counts' to women, men, and young people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. I congratulate them on a century of courage and conviction in fighting for more informed and safer reproductive health, and look forward to another century of progress.” - NYC Council Member Brad Lander

"For 100 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City has been there for women. Providing health care in health centers in every borough and mobile medical units, their breadth of care is provided regardless of a woman's ability to pay for the service. Their strong and wise leadership is critical to PPNYC's success. Thank you PPNYC for providing 100 years of 'care that counts.'" - NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal 

"By providing crucial education and much needed affordable health care over the past 100 years, Planned Parenthood has proven it plays a pivotal role in the lives of Americans. Thank you to Planned Parenthood for 100 years of service and its efforts to improve health care through exceptional advocacy." - NYC Council Member Ben Kallos


NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray at #100YearsStrong celebration

Activists_celebrating_100_Years_Strong.jpgPPNYC activists celebrate Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary 


City Hall lit pink to mark #100YearsStrong  


Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 64,000 clients annually, PPNYCs health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.


Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.


October 17, 2016